“Is this some kind of joke”: how Washington met trump

“Is this some kind of joke”: how Washington met trump


Opponents of Donald trump’s planned their action in advance. Group DisruptJ20 appointed to March from McPherson Square, J20 — from the Union Square station, Navy Memorial, going to the Inauguration rally Resistance (“the Resistance of the inauguration”). Not left and supporters of the billionaire, including the group 2 million bikers to D.C. (the”Two million bikers to Washington”). They are mostly gathered at the National Mall where the inauguration ceremony was broadcast on large screens. But the feeling was not a holiday — the supporters of his joy did not show.

Action began in the morning. The area near the White house were fenced, pass there could only be those who received the check. Souvenir sellers had to turn the trade system that puts t-shirts with trump out of the box, the bottom of which is visible t-shirt with print of Hope (“Hope”) and a portrait of Obama. To 10 a.m. at McPherson Square gathered not less than 200 people. Two men, father and son, Lee, and drew canceled his trip for a weekend in Lewes (a town in the state of Delaware) for the demonstration against trump. “We are not activists, just the tramp — well, it’s some kind of joke. We would like to peacefully speak out against him. We have no special plan, we just go with the crowd,” says Lee.

The atmosphere is calm, people chanting slogans against trump, but there is no aggression. Among the protesters the man in the suit of trump with fake eagle in a cage and the girl in dress with ribbon Miss Handled. “We are for peaceful protest. Want to stop this propaganda official events,” says Sanders Hicks, one of the organizers of the protest action.

Within minutes, the peaceful atmosphere will change. Column DistuptJ20 started in March and was soon lost from sight in the Park Franklin Square appeared dozens of anarhistov in black masks with flares and firecrackers. They moved into the White house and left a broken glass café and Bank.

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Witnesses said that protesters started throwing stones at the Windows of Starbucks. A well-dressed young man tells someone on phone: “I was sitting at Starbucks, they began to smash everything. Here is a madhouse, and the police less than the anarchists”. A column of anarchists appears again, and people pressed into the wall. Explosions can be heard — apparently, smoke bombs. The police responded quickly after some time on the tapes agencies you will see messages about the first arrests.

Various groups of demonstrators later, around 12.00, gathered at Columbia Circle — anarchists and green, and DistrupJ20. They organised a joint demonstration, returning to Mcregor Square. Protesters at the rally DisruptJ20 said that they want to interfere with official events, and found a way to do it — blocked the entrance to the National Mall, where everyone was broadcast. LGBT activists, leftists, “greens” and other activists stood up the wall, holding each other by the elbows at the intersection of the 10 and E. as soon As the supporters of the trump attempted to pass through this cordon, the crowd began to chant, “Find another way” (Find another way) and people were forced to turn around. Next to this “blockade” empty shop with Souvenirs with the image of Donald trump, and many of his supporters with badges and red caps Make America Great Again unfolded, and before reaching “the cordon”.

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On posters of demonstrators met slogans associated with Russia, for example, Reject Soviet Style Politics (Against the politics of the Soviet Union) or the Breaking News: Donald and Putin are Lovers (“breaking news: Donald and Putin — lovers”). Two women, Donna and Reina, dressed in costumes trump and Putin — one depicts the bride of trump, the other groom of Putin in a fur hat. “We want to trump saw us, let him know how we laugh at him. And we don’t want to argue with his supporters. They photographed us, and we don’t mind,” says Reina (dressed as Putin). On one of the streets on the outskirts of the White House passed a column of men in a fur hat under the anthem of Russia — they carried posters “trump is a puppet of Putin”, “employee of the month of the Kremlin”, etc.

Met and the supporters of the President elect with his paraphernalia. John Priestley’s son, both in red caps, quarreling with the woman across the street. Priestley engaged in business and claims that during the reign of Democrats businesses faced with excessive regulation. He expects trump of easing the conditions of doing business and does not believe that the President-elect goes too far in his statements on migration and women. “Trump is against illegal immigration. He was not opposed to legal migration, with the buildings built by Mexicans, and he treats them well. It’s all hype the media,” he said. The conversation is interrupted because at this point, trump says the oath, Jr. Priestley shows online stream on your smartphone.

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After the inauguration, many went to the parade, which began on Pennsylvania Avenue. Here supporters trump was much more noticeable and active. It is difficult to say who was greater in the city — opponents or supporters of trump, but even after the ceremony a festive mood in the city and came.

 

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