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Demonstrators lashed out in violence over opposition to President Donald Trump near the Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Friday morning, ABC News reports.

Protesters took to the streets clashing with police an hour before ceremonies began.

According to ABC News, police deployed pepper spray on several demonstrators who had broken windows of a local business near the ceremony site.

Other protesters staged peaceful protests near security checkpoints near the inauguration, wearing orange jumpsuits in solidarity with Guantanamo Bay detainees.

DisruptJ20, a group named after inauguration day promised group members would disrupt celebrations in spite of the threat of arrests, the outlet reports.

ABC writes:

The “Festival of Resistance” march ran about 1.5 miles to McPherson Square, a park about three blocks from the White House, where a rally featuring the filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore was planned.

Along the inaugural parade route, the ANSWER Coalition anti-war group planned demonstrations at two locations.

Protests in D.C. are a part of many sprouting up across the nation. Activists and demonstrators have planned protest efforts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and Philadelphia, to coincide with the inauguration The Hill reports.

SOURCE: ABC NewsThe Hill


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