WASHINGTON-Activists unhappy about U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration have smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday.
Reuters says that the crowd of about 500 people fought with the police who were in riot gear, and responded with pepper spray and stun grenades.
Some were wearing masks and kerchiefs over their faces as they marched through the city’s downtown according to the website.
Reuters continued saying, the crowd also broke the windows of a Bank of America branch, a McDonald’s outlet and a Starbucks shop, all symbols of the American capitalist system.
“The crowd chanted anti-Trump slogans and carried at least one sign reading, Make Racists Afraid Again”, was according to the site.
They also vandalized several cars and hurled trash cans and newspaper vending boxes into the streets before being largely dispersed by police about 90 minutes before Trump was sworn in at the Capitol.
Jessica Reznicek, a 35-year-old Catholic aid worker from Des Moines, Iowa, who was part of the protest but did not participate in the violence said,
“The message I want to send is that Trump does not represent this country. He represents the corporate interests”.
The site added that not far from the White House, protesters scuffled with police, at one point throwing aluminum chairs at an outdoor café.
A member of the “Bikers for Trump” group in town to celebrate the inauguration was struck in the face when he tried to intervene.
Bob Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye said,”I know, law and order and all that. We need more order. This ain’t right,” said
According to a local ABC television, two D.C police officers were injured, about 50 people were detained a few blocks away, as a crowd chanted “Let them go.
The number of people who witnessed the inauguration of the president appeared to be significantly smaller than the estimated 2 million who turned out for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.