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Washington, DC, sees city’s largest George Floyd protests yet

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  • Thousands of protesters marched through Washington, DC, on Saturday, demanding justice in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in police custody on March 25.
  • Similar demonstrations have broken out in dozens of cities across the country amid nearly two weeks of nationwide civil unrest.
  • Protesters told Insider they were there to show support for the black community and denounce police brutality.
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Washingtonians fanned our across the nation’s capital to protest on Saturday, taking over landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and surrounding the White House as police blocked most of the major roads leading into downtown.

Demonstrations have broken out in dozens of cities across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

As hundreds of marchers streamed toward the Capitol, helpers handed out water bottles as the temperature climbed towards 90 degrees. As the sun bore down, dozens of protesters stood on the steps of a Senate office building named for the Georgia segregationist Richard Russell, holding signs aloft that declared that “Black Lives Matter” and demanding justice — now.

A few feet away, thousands of masked protesters marched down Constitution Avenue in the direction of the National Mall. 

Here’s how the protests unfolded in Washington, DC, throughout Saturday:

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