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WASHINGTON – As Republican’s Donald Trump took oath of office, violent protests erupted in Washington in a bid to denounce the new US head, here on Friday.

Scores of black-clad anti-establishment activists took to the streets on Friday clashing with police and law enforcement personnel, throwing rocks and bottles while raising anti-Trump slogans.

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The demonstrations kept going for the whole day and as night fell, protesters set a bonfire blocks from the White House and reportedly scared Trump supporters as they ventured to the new president’s inaugural balls.

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As Trump’s motorcade headed back to the White House, protesters just a few blocks away set a parked limousine on fire after smashing its windows.

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Chanting ‘Not my president’ and ‘We resist President Trump’ the estranged protesters also smashed windows of an international coffee chain.

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The demonstrators were of the view that with Trump in White House, blacks living in different parts of the country felt threatened due to his racist policies.

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“I think Donald Trump is a fascist, and it’s very easy for people, especially people who are in pain, to slip into fascism,” said 20-years old student Lysander.

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A knot of people dragged garbage cans into a street a few blocks from the White House setting them ablaze, later throwing a red cap bearing Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign slogan into the flames.

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The US Secret Service, Washington police and other law enforcement agencies deployed about 28,000 officers in place to secure a roughly three-square-mile (7.8 square km) of the city.

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The police, eyeing the protests ever since Trump’s victory, responded with tear gas and concussion grenades in addition to taking over 200 protestors into custody.

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Three officers were injured during an earlier protest along the K Street corridor, including an officer who was struck by an object that had been thrown, said Doug Buchanan, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

A fourth officer was struck by a thrown object on K Street in the late afternoon and was taken to a hospital.