By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) --A Filipino American supporter of newly inaugurated President Donald J. Trump said Friday (Jan. 20)
Americans should savor the moment instead of creating trouble.
Danny Barba Bato, of Chicago, Illinois, who voted for Trump in last November elections, said the chaos happening “is part of democracy but they (protesters) cannot accept that they are no longer the majority.”
Bato said the attitude of protesters is “so extreme maybe not in our time the next-generation. Maybe it's gonna be bloody God forbid, we just enjoy for now."
At least 217 protesters were arrested in Washington, D.C. and charged with rioting hours after Trump was inaugurated as the 45th U.S. president. Six police officers were injured.
PROTESTERS carrying placards along River North in Chicago, Illinois continue to occupy Chicago Loop as they protested the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president. (Photograb from WLS ABC Channel 7)
Protesters clashed with police as they marched through the northwest part of the city after 10 p.m. and “engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property,” according to police.
Footages on television showed a group smashing vehicles, property of business establishments and ignited fires, damaging police cars.
Police responded with pepper spray, causing irritation in the eyes and skins of the protesters, who were also vomiting.
HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS IN CHICAGO
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters in Chicago Loop are still going around near midnight, opposing the inauguration of Trump. They were trying to go near the Trump Tower by the Chicago River and State Street but Chicago police blocked their path.
A big number of protesters are Hispanic Latinos, who are scared of the immigration policies of Mr. Trump, who threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent undocumented immigrants from sneaking in.
The protesters shut down the Lake Shore Drive as police tried to keep traffic going.
One group massed around Daley Plaza and met another group near Trump Plaza at about 4 p.m. and later marched together.
Chicago police arrested six people as part of the crowd shattered windows of a bank on Michigan Avenue.