Tuesday 27 June 2017

Police pepper-spray street protesters

Police officers pepper-spray a group of protesters in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photo:
Zach Gibson/Getty
Police officers pepper-spray a group of protesters in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty

Violent protests erupted in Washington DC as thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to oppose Donald Trump's presidency. At least 95 people were arrested as police fired tear gas to clear protesters close to the inaugural parade route.

Demonstrators dressed in black had earlier smashed windows of shops and cars as they marched through the city, where up to 900,000 watched Mr Trump's swearing-in ceremony. Scuffles broke out when protesters blocked routes into Mr Trump's inauguration ceremony before he took the oath.

Protesters had gathered outside Washington's Union Station where they chanted "No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA".

Elsewhere, feminist activists waved placards which read "Feminists against fascism" as they linked arms to block one of the inauguration entrances.

Irish Independent

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