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Civil unrest begins

CNN reports vivid images of our nations frustration with Trump's hateful and intolerant 'Merica

Posted on
Jan 20, 2017

CNN: Protesters engaged in scattered acts of vandalism and attempted to block off entry points to Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday in Washington, D.C. At one checkpoint, about 50 protesters sat down in the street in an attempt to block Trump supporters from entering a secure area to watch the swearing-in ceremony and speech. Not far away, a group of immigration backers staged a "pop up" protest near another check point.

"We're here to take a stand against the ideas that Trump spouted throughout the course of this campaign -- sexism, Islamophobia, his bigotry and nationalism," said protester Jed Holtz, from New York City. In a series of coordinated demonstrations designed to cut off spectator access, protesters blocked or caused bottlenecks in front of at least a half dozen security checkpoints outside the National Mall in the hours ahead of the swearing in.

Three women were chained together at the neck on 10th Street, and more than 150 demonstrators organized by the DisruptJ20 coalition surrounded an entrance near the Canadian embassy.

"This checkpoint is closed," they chanted, forcing Trump supporters to turn back and walk along Indiana Avenue in search of a clearer path. Police are mixing in with the crowds but are mostly remaining behind security fences. A few blocks from the White House, outside the security perimeter, building windows along the street were broken out and newspaper stands toppled. One business owner told CNN that there might have been as many as several hundred protesters, some dressed in black.

At one point, police used pepper spray as a group of protesters, many of them wearing masks, ran down 13th Street. "I think Donald Trump is a fascist, and it's very easy for people, especially people who are in pain, to slip into fascism," said Lysander Reid-Powell, 20-year-old student from New Mexico. "We could really see our country go in a disturbing way, and so I want to obstruct that as best I can and be a part of the resistance."

Elsewhere, a band of a few dozen protestors were penned in by police who were loading them one by one into wagons as other demonstrators chanted, "Let them go!"

There also were anti-Trump protests around the world, including in London, Hong Kong and Berlin -- where demonstrators held a sign that read, "Walls divide." In the West Bank, Palestinians protested against Israeli settlements and Trump's plan to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

On Thursday night in Washington, protesters gathered on 14th Street outside the National Press Club to demonstrate against "DeploraBall," an event organized by some of Trump's most fervent supporters. The name riffs off the campaign description of some Trump backers by his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton, as a "basket of deplorables."

A few demonstrators threw eggs at the National Press Club building and at revelers, though not at police. Elsewhere in the demonstration, some protesters could be seen setting small fires in the streets. Police could be seen pepper-spraying some protesters.

Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said there were no immediate reports of injuries and he could not confirm the use of pepper spray. One person was arrested.

"This is to build up momentum and mobilize people so that whatever s--- is coming down the pipe with Trump and (Vice president-elect Mike) Pence -- their regime -- we need to be ready," said Sarko Sarkodie, 26, who lives in Washington.

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