While the transition of power seemed pleasant and democratic on television near the Capitol on Friday morning at the presidential inauguration, blocks away protests in D.C. were turning rowdy, violent and deadly.
Activists and protesters dressed in black began smashing storefront windows, car windows, and various signs over the ceremony of President Donald Trump.
The 500 or so masked rioters scuffled with armed policemen in their warpath against the presidential transition.
The windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald’s outlet became victims of vandalism to the protesters’ rage, as establishments representing American capitalism were specifically targeted. Anti-Trump chants boomed throughout the rioting crowds, as they paraded around signs like “Make Racists Afraid Again.”
One group of protesters smashed the windows of a storefront cafe, and even ended up striking Bob Hrifko, a “Bikers for Trump” member, in the face. “I know, law and order and all that. We need more order. This ain’t right,” said Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye.
Some police officers were also injured in attempts to quell the protests. Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that about 90 people were arrested on charges of rioting.
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