Riots break out in D.C. after inauguration
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After a morning of peaceful protests, violent street fights erupted Jan. 20, leading to the arrest of over 200 individuals, Vito Maggiolo, D.C. fire spokesman, said in an interview with CNN.
On Jan. 21, CNN reported that at least six police officers were injured and 217 protesters were arrested after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. Protesters chanted, “Donald Trump has got to go,” as they tried to block entrances into the event. As police and security personnel instructed them to stop attempting to block access, riots broke out.
CNN also reported that self-proclaimed anti-fascist protesters dressed in all black went on to cause damage to storefronts, destroy bus stops and shatter car windows. They also threw rocks at police lined up for the protests. Large corporations such as Starbucks and Bank of America were included in these damaged buildings.
The exact cause of the rioting is unknown, but many protesters claim that security personnel were blocking their access to the planned routes, according to CNN.
Police used pepper spray and smoke bombs to control the crowd of rioters.
While the majority of protests in D.C. and across the country were peaceful, other riots broke out in smaller numbers in New York, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.