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Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 01:22

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown streets during President Donald Trump's inauguration. Some groups clashed with police, throwing rocks and bottles which police responded to with tear gas and concussion grenades. Chris Dignam reports.

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As Donald Trump takes office, chaos on the streets of the U.S. capitol, with protesters smashing windows, blocking traffic and clashing with police. About 500 people, many wearing black masks and hoodies, marching through downtown, using hammers to claw up chunks of pavement to attack a Bank of America branch and a Starbucks. Others throwing bottles and rocks at police, who detained dozens on charges of rioting. Law enforcement chasing down masked demonstrators through the alleys in downtown D.C., where protesters shed their masks and black clothes after vandalizing property. Protesters also smashed the windows of a limousine and later set it on fire. A few blocks away, Protesters also trying to block Trump supporters at checkpoints as they filtered on to the National Mall for Trump's swearing in ceremony. Thousands of others protesting nonviolently, accusing Trump of targeting Muslims, Hispanics and other minorities, saying he's bringing fascism to the United States. As many as three hundred thousand protesters expected in Washington on Saturday for a Women's march to protest Trump, who weathered charges of sexual harassment during last year's presidential campaign. Trump himself appearing to draw a relatively thin crowd for his swearing in ceremony on a grey rainy day, significantly smaller than the estimated 2 million who turned out for President Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

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Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 01:22