US anti-Trump protesters facing decades behind bars – Al Jazeera Reports

On Inauguration Day, more than 230 people were arrested during anti-Trump protests [Reuters/Bryan Woolston]

By Patrick Strickland

On Inauguration Day, more than 230 people were arrested during anti-Trump protests [Reuters/Bryan Woolston]
When Olivia Alsip travelled to the capital to protest against the inauguration of right-wing US President Donald Trump, she didn’t imagine she would end the day behind bars and later face up to 80 years in prison.

Thousands of people journeyed from across the US to Washington, DC, to protest on the first day of Trump’s presidency, January 20.

During the swearing-in, Alsip was among the more than 230 protesters arrested when officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) blocked off a large area and hauled off nearly everyone.

“I am wondering if my 24th birthday next week will be my last as a free person,” she says by telephone from Chicago. “I’ve never in my life had such a painful and stressful experience. There are no words to convey the severity of this.”

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Source: Al Jazeera Online

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