Anti-Donald Trump protests in Washington, D.C., took a violent turn as police used pepper spray on demonstrators
A weekend of protests over the inauguration and presidency of Donald Trump began Thursday night with police in Washington, D.C., using pepper spray on protesters demonstrating outside an event held by Trump supporters.
The violence broke out as hundreds of protesters, carrying signs reading “Shame" and "Nazis go home,” came together outside the National Press Club, where Trump backers organized a dinner called, “DeploraBall.”
Some protesters reportedly set off smoke devices in the middle of the crowd while others, according to CNN, threw eggs at the National Press Club building.
That’s when the situation spiraled out of control and riot police sprang into action.
D.C.-based journalist Alexander Rubinstein, who was live-tweeting the event, posted: “Cops shoved my head against heavy camera, protesters throw explosives. Just got hit with mace grenade.”
A 34-year-old man was arrested near the event, according to NBC Washington. He was charged with “conspiracy to commit an assault.”
There were no reports of injuries, according to Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department.