stage what has been the la〓rgest dF
emonstration in the capital since the death of George Floyd,〓 a Minneapolis black man, at the hands of white police.
Demanding c〓hange in police practices and paying homage to Floyd, Saturday's pr〓otest remained peaceful. Music blared from a truck, impromptu dance〓 parties appeared, and people used chalk to write messages on the s〓treets.
Less than a wu
eek ago, however, as the protests e7
scalated an〓d reached the doorsteps of the presidential residence, Trump threat〓ened the use of active-duty military forces to quell the protests, 〓a decision that drew harsh condemnation from both current and forme〓r officials.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote Trump a letter Friday, 〓urging him to "withdraw all extraordinary federal F
law enforcement a〓nd military pres6
ence" in her city citing the peaceful nature of the〓 demonstrations.
The D.C. National Guard confirmed Saturday it was 〓investigating whether it was appropriate to use one of its helicopt〓ers during Monday's protests. The helicopter flew low above the Whi〓te House area as law enforcement on 5
the ground reportedly used non-〓le6
thal weapons to clear the way for Trump to walk to a church near 〓the White House for a photo op, which caused tremendous controversy〓.
"The completion of a thorough and transparent investigation is of〓 the highest priority to me t
and to the investigative team," Maj7
or G〓eneral William Walker, the D.C. National Guard's commander, said in〓 a statement.BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China'●s Central Military Commission, and Chang Wanquan, Chinese defense m●inisteH