Thousands of demonstrators have held a march through the streets of Washington DC, calling for US President Barack Obama to fulfill his first term promises despite the start of his second term, Press TV reports.
“Today is the inauguration day of Barack Obama who is continuing a lot of the same crimes and actually expanding some of the same crimes that were very much hated under Bush including the wars in Afghanistan, the use of unmanned drones in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan,” said Emma Kaplan, with the World Can’t Wait.
Protesters criticized Obama for pandering to a few elitist groups while ignoring the needs of the American people.
“The masses are out here and they’re being deceived. Obama is not for the people. He’s for the power elite. He’s doing everything the energy companies, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex won’t. His agenda is a corporate agenda and there’s a different agenda for the people’s agenda,” said Perry King from the DC Statehood Green Party.
King went on to condemn Obama’s so-called war against terrorism, adding that the drones are counterproductive and are “recruiting for al-Qaeda; whenever those drones go over, people join al-Qaeda.”
Protests are expected to continue in the coming days during Obama’s inaugural ceremony celebrations.
Officials estimated that about 600,000 to 800,000 have attended the presidential inauguration, about half of the number of attendees at the 2009 ceremony, which drew a crowd of 1.8 million, who witnessed the first black president being sworn in.