Protests In Washington, D.C. Kick Off With a Bang

Photo: Twitter/Matt Pearce

“Time for empty talk is over,” now-President Trump announced at his inauguration this afternoon and it seems that some protestors were listening. The usual chanting, marching, and sign waving has been accompanied by severe civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. today.

Even before the ceremony began, some protestors were showing their disapproval by smashing windows of shops or limos and setting trash cans on fire. Tweets and reports are coming in that show clashes between protestors and cops; protestors and supporters; even protestors disagreeing with each other’s tactics.

As we write this, the Trump Parade is winding its way through the streets of D.C. and cops are cracking down hard to make sure that the unrest doesn’t spill over into the official proceedings. Flash bang grenades, tear gas, pepper spray and smoke bombs have all been deployed against protestors. This disturbing video shows police indiscriminately pepper spraying children, an elderly woman and reportedly disabled gentleman:

Details of locations and context are currently vague, contradictory or unreliable. Video footage and photos show lines of cops in riot gear and most disruptive protestors are wearing the standard uniform and masks associated with the black bloc. Keep in mind that there has been a contingent of the right wing attempting to frame leftists by hiring protestors to cause chaos in an effort to make liberals look bad. That does not mean that there aren’t plenty of people on the left angry enough to cause destruction but take what you see with a grain of salt.

Today isn’t even the real day for protests. Hundreds of thousands of people are traveling to the area for a series of related marches tomorrow including the enormous, official Women’s March.

You can see more from the scene below:


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