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Violent protests erupt again downtown
Police being pelted with objects at 13th and K Street NW. (Justin Moyer/Washington Post)

D.C. police and protesters clashed yet again near 12th and K streets NW as officers in riot gear and shields lobbed sound grenades and mace; the smell of chemicals filled the air.

Some protesters hurled objects at police, including concrete blocks and bricks, and grabbed traffic cones and trash cans.

Masked protesters pulled newspaper boxes across K Street to attempt to block officers. Demonstrators rhythmically drummed on the metal boxes and others shouted expletives against Trump.

Dozens of people fled and many could be seen coughing uncontrollably.

Police surrounded a group of about two dozen protesters around 2:10 p.m. at the corner of 12th and L Street NW.

“Let them go! Let them go!” the crowd chanted.

A large group of protesters had converged on the area earlier in the afternoon but were surrounded by police. Altogether 90 protesters were arrested, police said, after “an organized group” engaged in vandalism “destroyed property of multiple businesses” along the K Street corridor.

One protester, who identified as part of the “black bloc,” said that many of those who converged in the afternoon had broken through the earlier police line and escaped.

“They don’t want them sighted and released back into the protest,” the protester said.

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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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