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The street in front of Trump Tower in New York City became the scene of multiple clashes between protesters over the weekend.
The confrontations erupted over the new “Black Lives Matter” sign that was painted along Fifth Avenue outside of President Trump’s Manhattan home last week, as counter-protesting “All Lives Matter” supporters showed up at demonstrations being held Saturday, at one point unfurling a flag that read “Trump” and “Keep America Safe” over the recently painted BLM lettering.
— Adam Gray (@agrayphoto) July 11, 2020
Trump supporters held signs that read “Trump 2020” as others wearing T-shirts with the words “All Lives Matter” gathered and then clashed anti-Trump demonstrators as tensions rose.
— Marky Hutt (@MarkyHutt) July 12, 2020
The giant “Thin Blue Line” flag showing support for law enforcement was being waved at one point when a counter-protester came up and grabbed the flagpole, igniting a chase and some heated words.
“You feel big and proud over that?” one man asked the other who had grabbed the pole and repeatedly answered “yes.”
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Black Lives Matter chants were drowned out by All Lives Matter protesters chanting “USA” and “Commie scum” while some decided to disrupt an NBC News report that was being filmed on the scene.
On the same day, clashes unfolded in Brooklyn and Queens as well when Black Lives Matter supporters showed up at a Blue Lives Matter rally. Protests continue to take place in the city as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that all large events in the city are canceled through September.
But social justice protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement apparently do not pose any threat, according to the mayor who joined activists to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the street in front of Trump Tower.
Speaking out of both sides of his mouth in a CNN interview, de Blasio declared that it’s “just not time” for gatherings that “can mean not just thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people,” but protests represent “an area of sensitivity.”
Many out in front of Trump Tower on Saturday noted how the “silent majority” had begun to speak out against the Democrat mayor’s incompetence.
NY is back. Pro-Trump Protest outside Trump Tower. https://t.co/HoK5jwjQ56
— Nina (@Nina888881) July 12, 2020
Meanwhile, a Black Lives Matter sign painted in front of a police station in Missouri last month was painted over with a blue line in support of law enforcement. The locals painting over the graffiti in Florissant were reportedly protected by the police department as they did so.
Police in Florissant, Missouri, protecting people while they paint a blue line over a BLM street mural pic.twitter.com/EQtMeCKNoN
— David Parsons (@davidlparsons) June 20, 2020
The letters had apparently been painted over previously when protesters had ignored warnings not to paint the slogan on the stretch of road, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s not the message we are painting over, it’s the fact they are painting over the highway,” St. Louis police department spokesman Steve Michael said.
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