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Protesters just shut down entrances to Trump’s inauguration (Details)


Thousands of protesters have shut down a third of the security checkpoints to get into the inauguration, and Trump supporters are having to find another way.

Activists representing multiple movements all worked as a single, organized unit with the singular goal of shutting down the Inauguration Day gates. As of this writing, four of those gates have been shut down by protesters representing the Trade Justice, Black Lives Matter, Future is Feminist, climate justice, LGBTQ, and Standing Rock blocs.

At the “red gate,” which is one of the 12 gates being used to allow people onto capitol hill for the inauguration festivities, climate protesters were seen chanting, “You wanted a wall, you got it!”

While some Trump supporters attempted to physically force their way through the throngs of protesters, many of the protesters who had confrontations with Trump supporters remained peaceful, telling them simply, “This checkpoint is closed.”

At one point, right-wing provocateur Alex Jones — an avowed Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist radio host — was denied entrance to the inauguration after Black Lives Matter activists held fast.

Separate from the blockades, anarchists clad in black — utilizing a tactic known as “Black Bloc” — protested the inauguration by smashing the windows of banks and limousines. Washington DC metro police mobilized close to McPherson Square in downtown Washington to head them off.

The blockades appear to have worked, as the National Mall in front of Capitol Hill, which was sectioned off for a crowd of roughly 1 million people, looked like a ghost town as of just an hour before festivities began. Twitter users captured empty images of both the mall itself and public transit en route to the mall, complete with empty seats.

No single organization was behind the organization of the protests, which were instead loosely organized around the hashtag #disruptJ20, standing for January 20, or Inauguration Day. Protests are expected to carry on into the weekend, with the Women’s March on Washington slated for Saturday. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend tomorrow’s march.

 

Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at [email protected]



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