As protesters queued for ‘Free Weed‘ as part of an inaugural protest aimed at drawing attention to the recent classification of Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, violence and civil disturbances erupted across Washington. With groups of Trump Supporters on their way to the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony finding themselves blocked at checkpoints manned by Black Lives Matter and #DisruptJ20 protesters, reports of the first street clashes between the more extreme among each of the opposing factions began to circulate across the mass media.
As windows went in along the route of the highly publicized DC Protest March, pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades appear to have been used in response to the wholesale vandalism and throwing of objects. Pictures that have been posted on social media and elsewhere appear to show the deliberate targeting of corporate premises: with banks and a branch of McDonalds among those specifically hit.
Across the globe similar protests were enacted in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom and the Philippines, but nothing on the scale of those that were organized in the United States. As the violence appeared centre stage in most of the mainstream media, including the Washington Post, the UK Independent, the Russian news service RT and many others, the New York Times chose to remind its readers that investigations into the Russian involvements of a number of key Trump associates by US Federal Agencies are still on going.
Having begun his career as a junior researcher at Thames Television in London, he has written for a wide range of publications including 'The Brighton Reporter', 'Durham Town and Country', 'The Brighton and Hove People' and 'The New Celtic Review'. As an exhibited film maker he has been a regular contributor and award nominee at the Portobello Film Festival in London; and has seen his work shown at the annual London Film Makers' Convention at the prestigious Round House Theatre.
As well as receiving enthusiastic reviews from BBC Radio 4 and others for his book on Sir Walter Scott, his pioneering work as an Underground Film Maker on the fledgeling Goa Trance Scene has set him in a field of his own amongst many of his contemporaries; both in the UK, where he presently resides, and elsewhere. Current projects presently in hand include a book centred on his 'Legendary London' series of documentary films, which have stimulated an enthusiastic response from the likes of Glenda Jackson and others; and a novel set in France and Edinburgh during the eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment.
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