The giant new “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of Trump Tower has become a flashpoint for protesters clashing over the statement.
On Saturday — just two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio was jeered as he helped paint the large yellow mural — there were further ugly confrontations as dozens of “All Lives Matter” counter-protesters descended on Fifth Avenue, photos and video show.
As the group unveiled several flags, including “thin blue line” ones showing support for law enforcement, an opposing protester raced over and swiped a flagpole — almost starting a brawl, video showed.
“You feel big and proud over that?” someone asked the flagpole stealer, who replied, “Yes.”
One woman screamed “f–k you” at Black Lives Matter protesters, giving double middle-finger salutes — also making exaggerated coughing and sneezing gestures seemingly to scare rivals during the coronavirus pandemic, the footage shows.
Wearing an “All Lives Matter” T-shirt and “Make America Great Again” red cap, the woman posed for pictures kneeling and raising a fist — gestures normally used to represent the “Black Lives Matter” cause.
A group also photobombed a man who appeared to be filming on his phone about the death of George Floyd, finally given up and screaming “f–k you!” as they filled the frame and gave rude gestures.
The “All Lives Matter” protesters then started chanting “USA” and “commie scum” to drown out the BLM chants — with both sides giving each other the middle finger.
It came on the same day as rival groups also clashed in Brooklyn and Queens.