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    Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US (42)

    Authorities in Washington, DC arrested over 200 anti-Donald Trump protesters on Inauguration Day who were charged with rioting, Metropolitan Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham said in a press conference.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A total of 217 people have been arrested.

    “The criminal actors involved in the earlier incidents were arrested and charged with rioting,” Newsham stated on Friday.

    Earlier on Friday, anti-Trump protesters lit a limousine on fire on 13th and K Street Northwest, just a few blocks from the inauguration parade route. Law enforcement officers in riot gear dispersed a crowd protecting the inauguration of US President Donald Trump with flash grenades, pepper spray and a rubber bullet.

    Some protesters threw items such as bricks at police officers. Newsham added that six Metropolitan police officers sustained injuries during the protests.

    Newsham said the violent anti-Trump demonstrations on Friday were unusual for the area and he believes the people who invoked the violence are not from the city.

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    Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US (42)


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