Protests in Washington, D.C. turned violent on Friday as Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States.
Although demonstrations started peacefully on the morning of January 20th, they soon escalated as several hundred protesters broke store and car windows and clashed with police.
Most recently, at about 1:50 p.m., police began using pepper spray, firing rubber bullets and throwing flash bangs at a crowd of demonstrators just a few blocks away from the start of the inaugural parade. According to The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti, this came as protesters threw rocks at police. Protesters are continuing to throw rocks and bricks at law enforcement, and a fire has now broken out after demonstrators set a limo aflame.
D.C. police now say they have made 90 arrests and that there has been “significant damage to a number of blocks in our city,” according to Washington Post reporter Peter Hermann.
The Washington Post reports that some of the demonstrators described themselves as “anti-fascist” and “anti-capitalist.”
After making their way to K street earlier today, protesters used hammers to break the windows of a black stretched limo; this is the limo that would later be set on fire. The windows of a a Starbucks and a Bank of America were also shattered.
According to NBC News’ Alexandra Jaffe, an elderly man was knocked over during one of these violent clashes and was taken away in an ambulance bleeding from the back of the head.
The New York Times reports that one woman yelled during the protest, “Police officers are Trump supporters.”
There were, however, many peaceful protests in D.C. on Friday; D.C. Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham told CNN this afternoon that there are thousands of people protesting peacefully and just a few hundred involved in the clashes with police.
Some pro-Trump demonstrators also took to the streets to counter the anti-Trump protests, including Bikers for Trump, a group of thousands of motorcyclists who have supported the 45th president since the early days of his campaign.
“Get a job,” Doug Rahm of Bikers for Trump yelled, according to the Associated Press. “Stop crying snowflakes, Trump won.”
You can follow along with the protests live in the embedded stream below.
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