Protestors, Rioters, and Inauguration

This could have gone worse. A lot worse.

I don’t know what drove me to wake up Friday morning and decide then in there, to take the day off from work and decide to go into the city for the inauguration.

I had a feeling that I was going to get some good photos and experience this historical moment that happens once every four years.

The drive to the metro at Reston was uneventful and surprisingly didn’t experience any traffic, in or out of the metro.

The foot traffic on the other hand was another story.

By the time the train reached East Falls Church, the train was filled to the brim with people. The good thing about being the first stop of a particular metro line (in my case, the Silver Line), you’re guaranteed a seat since it’s totally empty.

By the time I got to the Metro Center, it was unbelievable crowded. It reminded me of those Japanese train commuters trying to shove their way inside with the help of the attendants.

Switching to the Red Line, I finally made it to Gallery Place – Chinatown since anything closer to the Mall was closed.

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As I was slowly gaining ground up the escalator, I could hear chanting and yelling as if the protesters were close by.

They were not only close by the metro, but they were EVERYWHERE.

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Capitalizing on the chaos

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Protesters marching and chanting

I looked around me and I was pretty sure there were thousands of protesters on 7th Street alone.

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What I noticed immediately at the checkpoint was that both the Trump supporters and the protesters were in line, crammed shoulder to shoulder. I knew this was going to get ugly.

Sure enough, there were pockets of fights breaking out between the two.

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There were a lot of bickering between the protesters and Trump supporters at the checkpoint

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Thousands

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All over the place

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Secret Service keeping an eye on the exits

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National Archives

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Police from all over the country came to volunteer to manage the parade street

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All police offices as far as you can see

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Puppet Master Putin

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This guy was badass

Between 2-3pm, something happened and I could hear someone yelling “gas!” and I looked over to the direction of the yelling and sure enough, the riot police was here to disperse the crowd.

I felt like this was a good time to get the hell out of dodge, so I ran like everyone else back up 7th street.

The funny thing was, I was more in fear of damaging my camera gear than getting injured – priorities first I guess.

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My train out of this hell hole

This might be one of the most infamous inaugurations in American History, but seeing everyone exercising their freedoms of speech and witnessing the ugly side of this election in the trenches was quite an eye opening experience.

Time for a beer…

Gear used:

  • Sony A7II + VGC2EM Battery Grip
  • Sony Zeiss 55 f/1.8
  • Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM

 

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