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'I'm Paying for My Own Suicide': Scenes From a Quieter Night of Protests in D.C.

Added 06-03-20 12:21:01am EST - “A heavy but hands-off militarized police presence squared off with demonstrators in the nation's capital tonight.” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “'I'm Paying for My Own Suicide': Scenes From a Quieter Night of Protests in D.C.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The fifth time's the charm for anti-police demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Tuesday's protests drew large crowds and a heavy, militarized police presence, but less of the violent crackdowns or vandalism that characterized the last several nights.

The 7 p.m. curfew issued by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser remained in effect for today, with exceptions granted only for essential workers, media, and people voting in the District's primary elections. That didn't stop a crowd of several thousand from gathering along H Street just north of the White House across from a newly fenced-off Lafayette Square well into the evening.

The same area was the site of some of the worst violence yesterday when police rushed a peaceful crowd—firing smoke grenades and possibly pepper balls or tear gas—so that President Donald Trump could make a short speech in front of the adjacent St. John's Episcopal Church. On Sunday night the church was briefly set on fire.

Today was much more relaxed. Demonstrators perched themselves on the St. Johns building, using a megaphone to shout directions at the crowd. Protesters kept up a steady stream of now typical chants. ("Black lives matter." "No justice, no peace." "I can't breathe.") Others circled through the crowd offering free bottles of water, granola bars, and hand sanitizer. There is a pandemic happening, after all.

Big fence keeping people out of Lafayette. Crowd rattling fence, demanding cops take a knee #dcprotest pic.twitter.com/H6tY1k76xr

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