(New York) The slogan “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant letters in front of Trump Tower, on 5 e Avenue: the New York City, the bastion of the Democrats, gave Donald Trump a photogenic show on Thursday, accused of despising the anti-racist movement.
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A similar operation was very successful in early June in Washington, where the Democratic mayor had these words painted on a street leading to the White House.
Six weeks after the death of George Floyd, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on 22 May, it is the prestigious New York avenue which is adorned with the letters of the movement, under the gaze of many photographers and television cameras.
At the end of the marking, the far left mayor Bill de Blasio came to add a few touches of yellow, with other officials including the Reverend Al Sharpton, a figure in the struggle for racial justice.
On July 1 , the mayor had explained that he wanted the Republican president to hear “three words for which he never showed any respect”.
Donald Trump did not immediately react. At the beginning of July, he tweeted that the police should “perhaps” not let affix “this symbol of hatred on the most prestigious street in New York”.
The few police officers present on Thursday attended the operation without a word.
The former New York real estate tycoon lived in a triplex at the top of this skyscraper near Central Park until he left for the White House in January 2017.
Since November 2019, he has made his hotel complex in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, his residence official, abandoning a city largely hostile to its presidency.
Among the witnesses to Thursday's marking ceremony, many hailed “an important symbol”.
“It's a great symbol,” said Amber Fairweather, 37 years old. “I just hope it goes beyond that, and in three months people will still believe it. “
“I don't trust my fellow citizens, and especially not my white fellow citizens,” added this black woman, who says she suffered professionally from the color of her skin. “We have the right to have paintings, but will we stop there? “
“Going past Trump Tower in Manhattan is not a pleasant experience, people don't like this giant symbol of him (Donald Trump, Editor's note) here, so it's good to do it in front of his tower “Said Francie Brewster, a high school student who participated in the large protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
“But it is important not to just focus on this kind of thing, but on real political changes”, she added.