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Protesters smash windows, police use chemical spray to deal with crowds near Franklin Square
A limousine with its windows smashed in downtown Washington. (Tara Bahrampour/The Washington Post)
A limousine with its windows smashed in downtown Washington. (Tara Bahrampour/The Washington Post)

Around 10:30 a.m., a group of self-described “anti-fascist, anti-capitalist” protesters marched from Logan Circle toward the Mall. Some in the group tossed bricks at cars and businesses, knocked over trash cans and smashed a limousine.

At times, they also yelled, “No more president.”

Police were seen chasing protesters near 12th Street and New York Avenue. And at one point, authorities used a chemical spray to deal with the crowds at Franklin Square.

When the group of protesters got to 13th and K streets NW, they turned west on K Street and broke windows on a black stretch limo that was parked on the north side of K.

They then turned through Franklin Square and headed east on I Street, chased by police in riot gear, more police on bicycles and even more streaming in white vans, escorted by cruisers. At 12th and I streets, police used pepper spray and riot sticks to keep the protesters moving away from the security perimeter. Bystanders and reporters, many of whom were shooting video, got hit with riot sticks along the way.

Several scuffles broke out and one police car was marked by graffiti. Windows of several storefronts were smashed, including a Starbucks and a Bank of America building.

A Starbucks that was vandalized at 13th and I streets in NW D.C. as the inauguration and protests unfolded. (Byron Tau/The Washington Post)
A Starbucks that was vandalized at 13th and I streets NW as the inauguration and protests unfolded. (Byron Tau/The Wall Street Journal)

The protesters moved back toward Franklin Square, where authorities set off loud flash bangs designed to disorient. Police then encircled the group in Franklin Square. Broken glass littered parts of Franklin Square, including plate glass from a Metro bus stop and a few stores.

There were also reports that fireworks were being thrown, as well.

Some of the black-masked marchers threw bottles and traffic cones at a group of officers who had pulled a protest rider off a bicycle.

At about 10:50 a.m. a protester came sprinting up 13th Street, passing a smashed bus stop window and taunting a small group of officers chasing him. As he passed a D.C. fire station, cheers could be heard from behind the garage doors: “Get him! Get him!”  Then a young man in a hoodie — apparently an undercover police officer—bolted from the side and brought the protester down on the sidewalk with a flying tackle, a cheer arose from inside the station.

“I’m not resisting, I’m not resisting,” the protester said from beneath a pile of three officers. “How are you all doing today,” he said, just before being helped to his feet, his hand in restraints.

Shortly after 11 a.m., D.C. police began taking protesters into custody at 12th and L streets NW, where police have dozens of them corralled At least two people seen being taken into custody.

Two men being taken into custody at 12th and L St. NW during protests the morning of inauguration. (Clarence Williams/The Washington Post)
Two men being taken into custody at 12th and L St. NW during protests the morning of inauguration. (Clarence Williams/The Washington Post)

Helmeted police formed a wall around the protesters, corralling over two dozen people.

Live coverage of Trump’s inauguration
In this Jan. 15, 2016, photo, the U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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