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Protests begin early ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration

Protesters gathered at the corner of First and D Streets early Friday morning as inauguration attendees started filing in toward the security checkpoints for the Blue Gate.

(WARNING: Video below may contain explicit language)

Dozens chanted and shouted, calling for an end to war, freedom for Palestine, and the closure of the prison Guantanamo Bay.

Some held signs, others barked into megaphones, and a few wore orange jumpsuits and hoods, dressed like detainees.

Inauguration ticket-holders, many decked out in Trump hats, Trump scarves, and several layers of clothing in expectation of a cold, wet day, largely ignored the protesters as they passed.

Phillip Anderson, a media spokesman for the group, said they were part of the larger Disrupt J20 action happening across the city as Donald Trump takes the oath of office.

"There are some new activists, there are some activists who have been doing this for decades," he said.

Later on, there would be street theater and different groups and causes commingling, but the pre-dawn protest was slowly growing.

Everyone has their own motivations for protesting and their own goals for the outcome, but Anderson said it was important to show the world there is a pushback against Trump's policies.

"I think the Trump administration and the make America great again concept is regressive and dangerous for people who aren't white men generally, and even for a lot of white people," he said.

If nothing else, the event provided an opportunity for activists to network, Anderson said, and for a new generation of protesters who were too young to march against the Iraq War to have their voices heard.

"A lot of people disregard the social media hype or like digital outreach, so having people on the street is a way to participate in the process. People view it as a great way to bring in new activists," he said.

Although protests outside the "DeploraBall" Thursday night had gotten chaotic, Anderson expected Friday's demonstrations to be peaceful. He acknowledged, however, that with the hundreds of thousands on the streets to celebrate Trump and to stand against him, there are no guarantees.

"It's one of those things where it's the statistics of it," he said. "When you have half a million people together around a polarized issue...I think some people are just hyped up and making decisions I wouldn't support."

"People who do that are breaking the norm of what everyone agreed to," he added.

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