Tight security planned for inauguration

A few dozen protesters from the anti-war group ANSWER Coalition gathered along Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of the inauguration ceremony Monday.

WASHINGTON — Spectators at inauguration events should prepare for tight security, long lines and downtown road closures.

Inauguration-goers will be screened at security checkpoints Monday, but officials hope that additional metal detectors and staff will help ease the congestion. There are flight restrictions in the skies over Washington and extra security on the waterways. There's also a long list of prohibited items, including glass containers, large signs and bicycles.

A few dozen protesters gathered Monday morning along the Inauguration Day parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue invoking the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King's legacy and urging jobs, not war.

The protesters from the anti-war group ANSWER Coalition handed out posters saying "Dr. King's Legacy ... Jobs Not War."

The group was granted a tiny patch of land on the route to conduct its protest, but in the morning hours before the parade began, coalition members roamed freely over several blocks.

The nation is honoring King on Monday — the same day as the ceremonial inauguration of the first black president to a second term.

Security appeared generally light over the weekend around the National Mall, where thousands of people milled about and attended events like a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

A small group of anti-abortion demonstrators picketed near the White House on Sunday.

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