21 January, Washington
In the United States, scattered demonstrations broke out today before Donald Trump’s swearing in after protesters and Washington police scuffled outside a meeting of conservatives.
At one check point, about 50 protesters sat down in the street today in an attempt to block Trump supporters from entering a secure area to watch the swearing in. Not far away, a group of immigration backers staged a pop up protest near another check point.
Some protesters chained themselves together to try to prevent police from being able to remove them. More protests are expected across the nation’s capital today, when Trump takes the oath of office.
Meanwhile, demonstrators across the UK are mobilising to register their protest against Donald Trump as he takes over the mantle of US presidency from Barack Obama.
At Westminster Bridge near the House of Parliament, protesters draped banners. A total of 10 bridges in the British capital were the scene of protests, which referenced Trump’s much-hyped plans to build a wall with Mexico.
Other cities across the UK are also holding similar ‘Bridges Not Walls’ protests. A major women’s march is planned in London and other parts of the UK tomorrow along with many other countries to register their protest against Trump’s controversial sexist remarks that emerged during his election campaign.