The words were composed on 2 blocks of 16 th Street in intense yellow letters, on the orders of Washington DC’s mayor, Muriel Bowser. The decision was taken amid protests over the death in cops custody of George Floyd
The Democratic politician also purchased that the area of the street where the logo was composed was relabelled “Black Lives Matter Plaza”, and accompanied by a new street sign.
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While the words would be challenging to miss for anyone walking along this part of the country’s capital, they were also viewable from space.
An image released on Twitter Planet Labs, a California-based business that operates more than 120 satellites to provide close to real-time images, revealed the words plainly.
Ms Bowser, who criticised Donald Trump over his decision to utilize tear gas and riot police this week to go to St John’s Church for a “photo op” with a bible, stated she wished to show her assistance for those campaigning for change in the country.
” As Washingtonians – we simply all want to be here together in peace to show that in America – you can quietly assemble, you can bring complaints to your government, and you can require modification,” stated the mayor, who is African American.
According to CNN, she included: “We’re here in harmony as Americans, on American streets, on DC streets.”
The mayor likewise tweeted and image of a letter she said she sent out to the president, getting in touch with him to “withdraw all remarkable federal police and military existence from the city”.
” Our cops and incident commands have cleared channels of communication and functions and it is very important that these additional, unknown units are operating beyond established chains of commands,” she said.
Not everyone supported the mayor’s choice to write the logo, consisting of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
” This is performative and a diversion from her active counter organising to our demands to reduce the cops budget plan and invest in the community,” it tweeted.
” Black Lives Matter indicates Defund the cops.”