Protests Break Out in DC on Inauguration Day

Image via AP. Badge via Jim Cooke.
Image via AP. Badge via Jim Cooke.

Not far from the placid crowds celebrating Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on the National Mall, a series of protests broke out across the streets of D.C. As Donald Trump ascended to the presidency and the inaugural parade commenced, demonstrators, reporters, two llamas, and hundreds of police officers clashed against a backdrop of Rihanna songs, broken limousine windows and pepper spray.

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ABC reports protesters are now taking selfies inside the smashed limo.

The protests, though violent and loud, are reportedly not visible from the Inaugural parade, which is set to begin as soon as Donald Trump finishes eating lunch.

Police have already arrested more than 95 people, and are currently deploying pepper spray and flash bombs around Metro Center, where the protests appear to be centralized. DC police say at least three officers were injured in the clash by protesters throwing bottles, bricks and rocks. But according to one MSNBC reporter on the ground, only a small group comprised of 50 of the thousands of protesters are actually throwing things.

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Some reporters appear to have been caught up in the melee—there’s video of Washington Post reporter Dalton Bennett being thrown to the ground by riot police, and MSNBC’s audio technician was pepper sprayed by police. Even Larry King’s driver was “rattled” after protesters “smashed the windows of my hired SUV & many other cars,” the octogenarian tweeted.

The reported violence appears to be tied to demonstrators on both sides of the issue; there are reports of both anti-Trump protesters smashing windows and Trump supporters smashing protesters.

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And more on the protests from reporters on the scene:

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This is a breaking news post and will be updated.

Former Gawker news editor

DISCUSSION

thenoblerenard
The Noble Renard

I was just there about 30 minutes ago. Police were pushing people back and doing the massed shoving matches that get them a few people at a time. They broke the protest into two by shoving through its middle. Every time they’d push they’d drop the fucking flashbangs or whatever they were. Saw a few people who were washing their eyes after having been pepper sprayed. Gave a protester a slice of pizza since I’d just come from lunch and had some leftovers! Tons of NLG observers in lime green hats, which was awesome to see.

Honestly though, fuck the black block kids who come to protest just because they want to smash shit. You’re not fucking helping.