March 25, 2017: Donald Trump inauguration

As you may know if you've perused my website, I thoroughly enjoy shooting protests.  Well, Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in January 2017 drew some fervent negative reaction (as was expected).  I decided to skip the swearing-in itself to follow the march from Union Station to the area near the White House.

When I disembarked my Virginia Railway Express train that Friday morning, one of the first things I noticed was the plethora of street vendors hawking Trump-related merchandise.  I saw these folks when I attended a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, too (photos here).

The dissenters I covered gathered near the Christopher Columbus statue.  I'd say at least a few hundred people showed up in that crowd.  (I'm pretty sure other demonstrations assembled in separate locations.)

After a couple hours of speeches, people started walking down Massachusetts Avenue.  I tried to spend more time photographing spectators than I have in past events.

I'm not sure exactly what happened, but some of the protesters chose violence at some point.  This prompted a swift response from nearby security forces including occasional flash grenades and chemical deterrents.  The majority of the event was peaceful, though, as far as I could tell.

Vendors, journalists, and even counter-protesters (well, one Trump supporter) showed up.  It was quite a scene.

I trekked back to Union Station once the action had slowed to a stand-still and the light started to fade.  All in all, I'm glad I went.  Here's hoping I'll get to attend another presidential inauguration down the road.

(Click here for full screen shots of the photos in this blog post.)

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