Tight Security, Protests Expected at Inauguration

There'll be flight restrictions in the air, extra security on waterways, street closures around the parade routes and limits on what objects people can have with them.

Posted: 01/17/2013 09:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crowds at President Barack Obama's second inauguration will be smaller than four years ago, but spectators at the event Monday can still expect tight security and plenty of protesters.

There'll be flight restrictions in the air, extra security on waterways, street closures around the parade routes and limits on what objects people can have with them.

City officials are expecting between 600,000 to 800,000 people, far fewer than the record-breaking turnout of 1.8 million spectators who packed the National Mall in 2009. But many of the security precautions that people have come to expect will be the same.

Demonstrators will be drawing attention to causes as varied as abortion, military drone strikes and the nation's unemployment rate.

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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