Protester Yiran Yang wants President Donald Trump to "remember that women are people"

By Katie KaussChar Adams and Tierney McAfee
Updated January 21, 2017 01:10 PM

As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Friday, thousands were gathered in the nation’s capital to protest his presidency.

Yiran Yang, 22, from Chicago, was among the demonstrators, and she shared with PEOPLE her message to the newly elected president: “Don’t forget about treating people like people. Remember that women are people. Remember that Muslims are people. Remember that black people are people. Remember that minorities, marginalized people, LGBTQIA people are people.”

“All of these groups who have been certainly marginalized are people and it’s your job to protect them,” she added.

Credit: Katie Kauss

Thousands of others opposing Trump staged unbridled public protests in and around Washington, D.C., on Friday before, during and after he took his oath of office.

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Reuters reported that some protests in Washington turned violent ahead of Trump’s inauguration, with some anti-Trump activists smashing store and car windows and fighting with police in riot gear — who, in turn, unleashed pepper spray and stun grenades.