Washington DC is preparing Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration amid high security after thousands of people took to the streets of the US capital and New York City to express their displeasure with his incoming administration.
The number of protests against and rallies for Trump taking place on Friday is far above what has been typical at recent US presidential inaugurations.
In Washington DC, protesters were pepper-sprayed by police officers in sporadic clashes.
About 28,000 security personnel, kilometres of fencing, street barricades, and trucks laden with sand were part of the security cordon around eight-square kilometres of central Washington for the ceremony.
The night before Friday’s inauguration, thousands of people turned out in New York for a protest rally at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and then marched a few blocks from where the businessman lives.
The rally featured a line-up of politicians, activists, and celebrities. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Hollywood actors Robert de Niro and Alec Baldwin, Oscar-winning documentary director Michael Moore and singer Cher were among those who joined the noisy gathering.
Moore, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, exhorted the crowd to take part in “100 days of resistance”, a movement to resist Trump’s policies.
“As bad we think it’s going to be, it’s going to be worse. But the good news is there’s more of us than there are of them.”
In a call for unity Moore said: “We’re all Muslim. We’re all Mexican. We’re all women. We’re all American. Yes, and we are all queer, too.”