Summary
Activists with the group Shut Down DC plan to stage protests throughout the District of Columbia Nov. 4-6. On Nov. 4, activists will assemble at Union Station before marching to demonstrations at the headquarters of media outlets and organizations that support President Donald J. Trump, as well as at the homes of Trump campaign officials. While organizers have not announced specific protest locations, preliminary information suggests that demonstrators may primarily target the Downtown, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, Judiciary Square, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

On Nov. 5, the group will attempt to block access to the White House, likely by blocking roads in the immediate vicinity such as Pennsylvania Avenue, New York Avenue, 15th Street, and 17th Street NW. On Nov. 6, however, Shut Down DC activists plan to disrupt transit throughout the city. Although the group has not specified how it intends to accomplish this, its members have previously blocked traffic on major thoroughfares such as Connecticut Avenue, K Street, 4th Street, and New York Avenue.


Given that Shut Down DC has timed its action to coincide with the immediate aftermath of the US presidential election, activists from other like-minded organizations could join in the demonstrations resulting in higher participation. The protests will likely cause significant transport delays throughout the city, especially on Nov. 6. Police will almost certainly deploy to monitor all protests, and a heavy police presence is likely throughout the US capital. Clashes are possible, especially if police attempt to disperse protesters forcibly.

 

Advice
Avoid all protests as a precaution. Allow extra time to reach destinations in Washington, DC, into at least early Nov. 7. Do not attempt to drive through blocked roads; wait for police to clear them before proceeding.

 

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