>> The nation's capitol turning into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday. DC police expect nearly a million people, both supporters and protesters, to flood Washington during the swearing in ceremony, on the steps of the US Capitol, and a parade to the White House.
About 28,000 security personnel, miles of fencing, roadblocks, street barricades, and dump trucks laden with sand, will be part of the security cordon clamped around three square miles of central Washington. Thousands of National Guard troops from 44 states, arriving in Washington Thursday to back up local police.>> This is my first time to ever leaving the state for anything.
This is our first deployment.>> Extra eyes and ears. So, the law enforcement will be in total control and, if they need assistance, we'll be there to assist as necessary.>> Organizers claim about 30 groups have received permits for rallies or marches before, during and after the swearing in.
Many of them will be protesting the New York real estate developer's demeaning comments about women, immigrants and Muslims. A vow to repeal Obamacare, and plans to build a wall along the US Mexican border. Others will be marching for relatively less serious issues. One group will show their opposition to Trump's choice for Attorney General, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, a critic of marijuana legalization, by handing out nearly 4,000 joints at the inauguration and urging attendees to light up.
Another major group of protesters, Disrupt J20, has vowed to stage demonstrations at each of the 12 security checkpoints, and block access to festivities on the National Mall.>> What do we do?>> By far, the biggest protest will be the Women's March in Washington on Saturday, which organizers expect to draw 250,000 people.
DC Police say they're prepared to carry out mass arrests, but hope it will not be necessary.