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D.C. mayor: ‘Violence and destruction will not be tolerated’

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday afternoon that unruly behavior would not be tolerated as the city attempts to allow people to express their First Amendment rights.

“DC has the honor of hosting the peaceful transition of power. And while many have been respectful there have been those who have not,” she tweeted. “We respect the right of people to express their first amendment rights but violence and destruction will not be tolerated.” She added that “the damage that has occurred today is unacceptable and not welcome in DC.”

That damage has been located along the K Street NW corridor near 13th Street, where twice police have surrounded and arrested protesters who were breaking windows, throwing objects and setting small fires.

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The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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