Three giant words painted on road leading to the White House

Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser has renamed a street in front of the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza" and had the slogan painted in giant yellow letters on the roadway leading to the Oval Office.

The incredible display is a clear rebuke of US President Donald Trump's militaristic response to protests over police brutality.

People walk down 16th street after volunteers, with permission from the city, painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House. Source: Getty Images
Certainly hard to miss. Source: Getty Images

Mayor Bowser tweeted footage of the street painting on a section of 16th Street in the US capital with a message to Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police who has inspired country-wide protests along with George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody.

"Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination," the mayor wrote.

"Determination to make America the land it ought to be."

Mayor Bowser and Donald Trump are at odds over the president's use of federal law enforcement agencies and military police to break up a protest on Monday night, local time, so he could have a photo op outside a church near the White House.

The move has been highly criticised by high ranking US officials and including Former United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis who slammed the president for inciting violence and trying to divide the country.

Crowds have continued to gather outside the White House to protest. Source: Getty

"We want troops ... out of Washington DC," Ms Bowser said at a news conference on Thursday.

On Friday, the city also installed a street sign for Black Lives Matter Plaza at the intersection of H and 16th Streets, site of the St John's Episcopal Church where Trump, holding a Bible, stood for his photo op.

The plaza has a new name. Source: Getty

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