With cries of ” The lives of black count “, the protesters of racism date back to the avenue running along the White House and drink insults an activist wearing a sign of support to Donald Trump. In Washington, the national holiday in u.s. was marked on Saturday by the confrontation and disunity.
A few hundred metres from the south lawn of the White House where the us president should deliver a speech in the evening, there are two opposing camps, and seem irreconcilable on this day that celebrates independence and unity of the country.
To avoid the clashes, a large police operation has been installed around the presidential compound, which resembles an armed camp.
“We should celebrate our unity, our diversity and our freedom, we should not be enemies ready to go to war,” says the AFP Kristy Pandora Greczowski, the activist transgender pro-Trump target of the invective of demonstrators.
They are continuing their way up to the “Black Live Matter” Plaza “, a portion of the street that became the epicenter of protest in the american capital.
Because for more than a month and the death of an African-American killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis, the United States are the theatre of a movement of anger history against racism, for justice and racial equality.
The demonstrations followed and in passing re-ignited the sensitive debate on the legacy of the past slavery of the country.
But the billionaire republican, far from advocating national reconciliation, has accused the protesters “radicals” want to “erase” the american history.
On the other side of the avenue, Jennifer Friend said his sentence by attending to the confrontation. “It is a lack of respect for the president, he is attacked from all sides,” says this tourist, 53 years, coming to Florida for the 4th of July. “All lives matter “, she says, repeating the slogan of anti-racist, ” but the protesters choose what they want to protest, it is hypocrisy “.
“An honour “
His friend, Bill Young, is worried about losing a little of its freedom of expression in the face of these protesters. “If you have a contrary opinion, you’re a racist,” laments there.
For him, this is the height of this special day for America. “The purpose of this day is that Great Britain has said “do it” and we said “no”.
Further, on the National Mall was crushed by the sun, where the traditional fireworks display is planned at dusk, supporters and opponents of the president would cross paths, talk, and insult sometimes.
Katima McMillan, 24 years, came to Kentucky with a group of activists. On the lawn, they rolled strips of the three colors of pan-africanism, red for the blood shed, black for the people and the culture of the continent, and green for nature.
“We want to let the world know, and not only in the United States, that we are worth not less than others,” says the young African-american.
Coming with his two sons, Mary Byrne, 54, says he is concerned about the “antagonism” that currently exists. “We do speak, we yell “, she explains, saying that the United States should engage in an examination of conscience “honest” about the extent of racism in the country.
Others refuse that their national day is wasted. Wayne and Lynnis, a couple who came from a Maryland neighbor, are part of the guests handpicked to attend the” Tribute to America ” made by president Trump.
“I am very excited,” says Lynnis, 56 years old. “Regardless of who is president, it is an honor to go to the White House,” she said, smiling.