Fri Jan 20, 2017 03:11PM
Protesters head to the National Mall in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Protesters head to the National Mall in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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A large number of anti-Donald Trump protesters have staged rallies in Washington, DC, to denounce the US president-elect's proposed controversial policies hours before his inauguration. US police have used pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators.

Tighe Barry, an activist from CODEPINK, believes Donald Trump's inauguration is not going to be a “typical” one, because he was "forced on" the American people by the country's "illegitimate" two-party system.  

“We have come to the realization that both the Democrat and the Republican parties are not going to be the ones that are going to help us. We are going to have to help ourselves,” Barry told Press TV in an interview on Friday.

He also stated there is a small group of people that want to give Trump a "chance" because they are "looking for a change" and tired of the two-party system, which has "failed" them over and over again.

However, he said, under Trump, this country is "either going to turn to a complete military state... or there is going to be continuous mass protests against this president and his policies."

The activist further noted the ongoing protests in the United States are definitely “focused” unlike many other in the past, arguing that they want this incoming administration "to not destroy the middle and lower classes."

He also predicted that these protests will continue in the United States until there is "a government that looks out for the people’s interests."

Trump has sparked widespread anger during his campaign with derogatory comments about women, immigrants, Muslims and minority groups. He will begin his term in office on Friday with an approval rating of just 40 percent, the lowest of any recent president, according to a CNN/ORC Poll released on Tuesday.