Donald Trump Inauguration Marred By Protests And Mass Arrests

A small group of protesters engage in arson and looting...but are they recruited?

By Benjamin H. Smith

The inauguration of controversial 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump has set off a wave of protests in Washington D.C., some of which have turned violent, resulting in mass arrests. According to NBC News, authorities made 95 arrests after at least four businesses were vandalized, causing what acting Police Chief Peter Newsham described as "significant damage" in the Franklin Park area. The disturbance follows a night of clashes between police and protesters Thursday night.

Despite these occurrences, reporters on the scene say it is a relative minority of the thousands of protestors currently in the D.C. metro area that are engaging in acts of violence. 200,000 protesters are expected Saturday for Women's March on Washington. According to The Washington Post, law enforcement officials were expecting over 60 demonstration groups, both in support of and protest against the former real estate mogul and reality television star’s ascent to the highest office in the land.

A small group of self-described anarchists and anti-fascists, described as wearing all black and donning masks, are being blamed for the outbreaks of violence. Police officers have suffered minor injuries as protesters threw bricks, trash cans and set small fires around the protest routes. However, some also suspect right wing provocateurs are inciting violence during the inauguration as a means to delegitimize anti-Trump protestors. Last week The Huffington Post reported videos that were released of right-wing activists trying to recruit people to cause disturbances during Trump’s inaugural weekend.

[Photo: NBC News]

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