Black Lives Matter, as well as other protesting groups, temporarily shut down two inauguration security checkpoints in an attempt to disrupt President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremonies.
According to Fox News,“The Black Lives Matter protesters at first started chaining themselves to fences in front of a checkpoint near the Capitol, after which the Secret Service closed the gates and shut down the entrance.”
Tracye Redd, of BLM, told Fox, “We are here to let people know this presidency is not legit. It goes against hundreds of years of democracy — black lives matter.”
Another group DisruptJ20, temporarily forced the shutdown of a separate checkpoint nearby.
At least 800,000 people are expected in Washington for Inauguration Day with thousands of those being protesters.
Bill McCann, who rode to Washington D.C. from Ft. Worth, Texas, on his motorcycle in an effort to hook up with Bikers for Trump, said, “I’m here to join Bikers for Trump. Ever since Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, I’ve supported him 100 percent.”
Naomi Dann, of Brooklyn, a protester against Trump, said, “We’re here to say that whoever is president, ‘No more war. The incoming president hasn’t said whether he’s a pacifist, but I’m pretty sure he’s not.”
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On Thursday night, Trump supporters attended the “Deploraball” at the National Press Club Building, while hundreds protested outside the ball. A few small incidents were reported with some spraying Mace at people and a passerby getting hit in the head by a bottle that was thrown.
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