As the protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd ramped up in the past week, Bunker Bitch had a fence installed around The White House.
Entrances to Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street NW, the Ellipse, and Lafayette Square are barricaded by over a mile and a half of mesh fencing and guarded by police. The Secret Service said last week that the entire area around the White House complex would remain closed until June 10.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had the street leading to the front of the White House painted with Black Lives Matter, has expressed concern that some of the measures may be be permanent.
The barriers are an odd and jarring sight for many Washingtonians, who are used to free access to spaces that serve as a symbol of our democracy. Throughout the week, protesters could often be heard pressed up against the fence, chanting
“This is what democracy looks like.”
The fence is now covered with art and messages like
“‘Til We All Breathe Free”
My god, this fence in front of the White House. pic.twitter.com/wyQ2yA96dz— Gillian Branstetter (@GBBranstetter) June 7, 2020
The 8-foot chain link fence protecting the White House has become a sort of archive / exhibition of the D.C. protests with signs, memorials, flowers and art. pic.twitter.com/mvr0wBkOy6— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) June 6, 2020
The fence outside the White House has been converted to a crowd-sourced memorial wall — almost like an art gallery — to black men and women who lost their lives at the hands of police.— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
Hundreds are strolling, looking, adding names and paintings and posters. pic.twitter.com/mXlZpfMAeX
Trump got that White House fence up way faster than he got PPEs out to essential medical workers.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 4, 2020
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(Photo, Twitter; via dcist)