Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) joined tens and thousands of protestors at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Saturday and addressed a record crowd.
“It’s so wonderful to see everyone peacefully protesting, wearing their masks,” Bowser told the large crowd.
Bowser has been highly critical of Donald Trump’s decision to deploy troops to the streets to stop the protests. She sent a letter to the president urging him to remove the troops off her streets to let people protest.
“Our soldiers should not be treated this way. They should not be asked to move on American citizens,” she said.
Bowser told the crowd that they had to be “loud” in demanding “more justice and more peace.”
“I have a 2-year-old girl. I want her to grow up in a country where she’s not scared to go to the grocery store, not scared to go to work,” Bowser, who is African American, explained.
Bowser ended her remarks to the crowd with a call to action: “Today, we say no. In November, we say next.”
In a remarkable scene @MayorBowser is called onstage by a DJ entertaining #JusticeForGeogeFloyd demontrators in the middle of 16th Street. The Mayor climbed onto the risers with the help of her security and addressed a crowd of thousands. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/pOwkKfDJU6
— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) June 6, 2020
Take a look at her remarks in the video clip below: