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Youth Radio reporters and alumni traveled to Washington D.C. today to cover both the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and the protests that accompanied that inauguration.
While in the streets, our reporters have been capturing images–sometimes dramatic–of what has to be one of the strangest inauguration days in modern memory.
Protests in the streets
The most dramatic images of the day revolved around a limousine that was set on fire outside Franklin Square in downtown D.C. after having its windows smashed out. Versions of these pictures wound up all over social media, and photographer Rhiannon Adam was there for us with this snap:
As it happens another of our photojournalists had come across the limo before it was set on fire.
Protests grew tense in downtown DC after the emergence of the black bloc–the anonymous anarchist faction that wears all black and has a penchant for smashing the windows of businesses. At the protests, D.C. police and other law enforcement officials turned up in force.
The police deployed chemical dispersants and flashbang grenades on the protesters. While the D.C. police claimed that the flashbangs were thrown by protesters at police, multiple reporters for The Washington Post–the city’s largest newspaper–disputed that claim. Our own photographer Rhiannon Adam was on the front line of one protest, and says gas was used on protestors who were already retreating from the police line. “They just started chucking it when people were moving back of their own accord,” Adam said.
Not everything in the streets of D.C. was about clashes with the police and property damage. There were thousands of people who were there to support President Trump.
For more of our coverage of Inauguration Day, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @youthradio. On Saturday we’ll also have coverage of the Women’s Day Marches around the country.