Washington, Jan 20: Protestors greeted people with shouts and placards that spoke of uncertainties, fears and their disgust for US’s new leader, as they arrived here on Friday to mark the iuguration of Dold Trump. “Out of the Closet. Into the Streets,” read a sign displayed by about 100 LGBT rights activists who marched past McPherson Square at about 7.30 a.m. The protestors made their way towards one of the checkpoints that Trump supporters would have to pass through to view the Republican leader take oath of office in the next few hours.
They chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets!”
The number of the protestors descending here on Trump’s Big Day was not clear but law enforcement officials said they were bracing for more than 60 demonstration groups, both in support of and against the incoming President.
About two dozen groups have received permits for specific gathering spaces for Friday and Saturday, when the Women’s March will take over the streets. In the days leading up to the iuguration, protests started with one group shutting down K. Street in downtown Washington and gay rights advocates holding a dance party near the temporary home of Vice President-elect Mike Pence in Chevy Chase. Hundreds of protestors on Thursday night gathered outside the tiol Press Club where the “DeploraBall” was being held.
The could be heard shouting “racist” and “zi” at those attending the celebratory ball on the eve of Trump’s iuguration.
At one point, someone threw an object that hit a counter protestor in the head. One of the protestor groups plans to have different organisations gather at each of the dozen checkpoints that iuguration ticket holders will have to pass through. (IANS)