Politics

Here's What's Happening to Protesters in Washington

January 20th 2017

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

Protesters in Washington, D.C., clashed with police as Inauguration Day ceremonies were underway on Friday. 

Police are pepper-spraying protesters outside Trump's Inauguration.

Posted by ATTN: Video on Friday, January 20, 2017

In a viral video, police can be seen pepper spraying people protesting President Donald Trump in the nation's capitol. The video comes amid reports that some protesters threw rocks at windows downtown. 

Other reports allege protesters set off "smoke devices." 

NBC's Alexandra Jaffe tweeted a video of people she described as Standing Rock water protectors locking arms during a tense police encounter. 

Thousands of protesters have made their way to the District of Columbia to protest misogyny, racism, and xenophobia, and to promote a progressive alternative to Trump on Inauguration Day. 

 

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"These events serve as a mass means for progressives to show solidarity with vulnerable communities, our comrades, and other allies," David Duhalde, deputy director of DSA, told ATTN: this week. "Coming together reinforces that we are the true majority. What we do in our own communities after the Inauguration and Women’s March, however, is more important than what we did this weekend."

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