We all knew it was coming!
Just because Donald Trump is being sworn in as our next President in a few days, doesn’t mean everyone’s just going to sit down and take it!
According to NBC, the National Park Service has dolled out 22 permits for freedom of speech events taking place over inauguration week on land belonging to the park service. This includes the National Mall and the White House.
They also report that each protest will range from 50 to 200,000 people. WOOF!
Not too surprisingly, the potentially largest protest is the Women’s March on Washington which is the event that acquired a permit for 200,000 people. Not only will thousands of protesters march the nation’s capital on January 21, but Inaugural Historian Jim Bendat said:
“It’s quite noteworthy. If they get those kinds of numbers, it will far exceed any previous inaugural protest.”
We’d be fine with Donald’s inauguration being the MOST protested one EVER!
On top of that, Washington’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have been prepping for the protests as they expect about expect 800,000 – 900,000 people to attend the actual event. That’s FAR fewer than the 1.8 million who attended Barack Obama‘s inauguration in 2009!
But D.C. isn’t the ONLY place protests are happening as TMZ learned LAPD will be out in full force on Friday to handle any crowds that get out of control protesting Donald!
Not only will police have riot gear ready to go, but the site learned officers won’t put up with a whole lot and will arrest anyone blocking traffic, freeways, or vandalizing anything!
Cops will also pay attention to social media and a couple popular spots protesters could gather like the Federal Building in Westwood, and the Hollywood and Highland intersection.
Ben Becker, an activist who is helping organize two protests being held by the ANSWER Coalition, explained to NBC why he’s not surprised by people’s reaction in wanting to protest:
“Trump has triggered a wave of protest and outrage across the country. His election has itself become a point of protest for women, Muslim communities, for immigrants, for people who care about education, social security, Medicare ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ the list is almost limitless in terms of the people who feel threatened by what a Trump presidency would mean.”
We hear that! We LOVE the idea of more and more protests popping up and we can’t wait to see what comes from all of it!
If you want to see a list of rallies and protests going across the country ch-ch-check out The Wrap‘s listing HERE. OR, if you’re in the El Lay area, make sure you check out the Women’s March LA HERE!
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