Part of the street in front of the White House in Washington was renamed after the participants of large-scale protests. The mayor of the U.S. capital, African-American Muriel Bowser, wrote about the event on Twitter and decided to rename it.
“The section of 16th Street in front of the White House is now officially called “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” wrote Bowser. Her social network page has a video attached to it showing a road sign with the new name of the neighborhood installed near the Trump residence. The black and white sign for the renaming is placed near St. John’s Episcopal Church on the corner of X Street, where President Donald Trump posed for a scandalous photo after protesters were forced to leave Lafayette Park earlier this week.
In their comments, some users were shocked by the mayor’s decision. “The official White House address from now on is 1600 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Washington, DC 20500,” one commentator wrote. Another user wondered how this “renaming” could help residents of the American capital.
Bowser herself poured oil into the fire on Friday morning, sending President Trump a letter asking for the withdrawal of “all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military forces” from Washington, a city where about 70 percent of the population is African-Americans. According to commentators, it was previously impossible to imagine that the mayor of the city in the U.S. would make such an ultimatum demand to the head of state. However, Bowser took advantage of the provision on the independence of elected local authorities, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. In her letter, which was also posted on Twitter, she stated that she “abolished curfews in the city.