D.C. Will Set Aside 'First Amendment Zones' For Inauguration Protests

Protesters will only be allowed to peacefully assemble in so-called First Amendment zones during the inauguration.
Posted at 8:05 PM, Jan 18, 2021

Despite major security concerns, and exactly two weeks after the siege on the U.S. Capitol, authorized protesters will be allowed to assemble in so-called First Amendment zones about a half mile away from the site of the inauguration. 

Columbus Circle in front of Union Station is one of the designated protest sites. According to a permit, the Working Families Party is one of the organizers of this protests and they're going to install a large jumbotron for passers by to see and for people to come and gather around and for people to take part in this protest. 

That specific group was originally going to be allowed to assemble along Pennsylvania Avenue, but the jumbo screen isn’t allowed in the “red zone,” where access is heavily restricted due to heightened security concerns. 

A National Park Service spokesperson told Newsy that up to 100 people are allowed at each site, but it’s unclear if the public will be allowed inside this secure zone, which is considered the “green zone,” where traffic is mainly restricted to businesses and residents. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked for protest permits to be canceled. 

“For a couple of reasons. For the security of the event," she said.

But the National Park Service says it has security in place to prevent permitted demonstrations from getting close to the Capitol.

The big question remains though: How can Americans protest the 59th presidential inauguration? The answer appears to be: anywhere but in the nation's capital city.