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A firework was set off, and police fired pepper bullets, as a small group remained outside the White House early on the morning of June 3. (Video: The Washington Post)

Protests heat up early Wednesday with pepper pellets and fireworks near White House

June 3, 2020 at 1:36 a.m. EDT
Protesters descending on Washington for a fifth day of demonstrations on Tuesday found one of the nation’s most symbolic places for political rallies — Lafayette Square, across from White House — entirely closed off with a tall chain-link fence. Thousands of people protesting George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody were forced to gather outside the park earlier Tuesday, where a day before peaceful demonstrators had been forcefully cleared by federal forces at the behest of Attorney General William P. Barr. It was the largest crowd since Washington protests began Friday night.