Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

At the White House, the Lights Were Off


Anyone home? Photo: @tencents77/Twitter

As Washington's 11 p.m. curfew neared, the crowd of protesters in front of the White House was reaching a breaking point. The barricade sliced Lafayette Square in two: a line of police officers, dressed in riot gear, on the side closest to the White House, and the demonstrators, dressed in face masks, spilling out onto H St., stationing themselves in the grass or in trees, or on the steps of St. John's church.

As the crowd grew, so did the chaos. Water bottles soared overhead, landing with thwacks on the ground or bangs against the shields of police officers. They responded with tear gas, which traveled across the park in wispy chemical clouds that sting the eyes and the throat, making it hard to breathe.

Just outside the White House, fires burned and plumes of tear gas filled the air. The president gave his final statement of the day at 8 p.m. on Twitter: "FAKE NEWS!"


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