Earlier today we reported the chaos that broke out in Washington, DC during the inauguration. WeAreChange’s Luke Rudkowski is on the ground covering the situation as it unfolds. So far, there have been a number of violent actions taken against Donald Trump supporters and police, as well as destruction of property.
There was confrontation near the presidential parade route when rocks were thrown at the police.
Rudkowski’s coverage included video of police launching flash bang grenades and shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd. It also highlighted the property caused by some of the protesters:
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There was a car set on fire in downtown, DC seen in a live periscope video.
So far over 217 people have been arrested according to police as of 8:00 P.M. EST.
Six police were reportedly injured. There is no known injury report for civilians.
Police have begun to kettle protesters and are pushing them back to take back the streets.
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Earlier Tim Pool was arrested and released an RT reporter Alexander Rubinstein was also arrested and hit in the face by a flashbang.
“I was hit in the face with a flash grenade, it blinded me for a moment and my ears were ringing for a while,” Rubinstein said. “By the time I was done being treated and I could see again, we were encircled by police and I was told that everybody present would be arrested. It doesn’t matter that I’m press.”
The National Guard has been deployed to assist with the protests.
There are also reports that protesters set a limo on fire at 13th and K street, writing “We The People” in spray paint. Other cars were also vandalized on K street as well.
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The day started off peaceful and quickly escalated into violent protests, which are taking place all across DC now that President Donald Trump has assumed office.
Many are expecting the protest and potential riots to move towards bridges in DC as it gets later in the evening.
Meanwhile, CNN gets heckled by a Trump supporter.
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UPDATE 6:17 P.M. EST – Police presence grows at McPherson Square as 1000+ demonstrators gather for the Inauguration protest Review Journal reported.
So far things have remained peaceful at McPherson Square.
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UPDATE: 7:00 P.M. EST -Protesters have created a ‘Deport Donald Trump’ mural in McPherson Square.
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UPDATE: 7:15 P.M. EST – Protesters have set trash cans on fire on K street, there is also a report of another fire with fire trucks and police on the scene.
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UPDATE: 8:00 P.M. EST – Things have reportedly calmed down on K Street.
Stay tuned to We Are Change for further updates as the protest against Donald Trump continue.
(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY.)