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Inauguration goers find tight security, some delays

Monday - 1/21/2013, 2:50pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities in Washington are reporting no major problems with security or crowd control, before or during today's inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

Police have been stationed in rail stations and on street corners. National Guard Humvees are blocking some intersections downtown. And spectators have shuffled through security checkpoints to be screened for prohibited items, including balloons and glass containers.

Flight restrictions are in place in the skies above Washington.

Even though the crowds this year haven't matched the record-breaking turnout of four years ago, there have been sporadic reports of slow-moving security lines. A checkpoint between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol came to a halt so a motorcade could pass and barriers could be repositioned. Stuck spectators vented on Twitter that the line didn't move for at least a half hour.

Still, many of those who were there four years ago said this year was a lot easier.

A smattering of protest groups occupied spots along the parade route -- but the demonstrations were largely directed at long-running national and international concerns, rather than policies specific to the Obama administration. A few dozen protesters with a social justice coalition gathered near the White House to honor Martin Luther King's legacy and call for jobs, not war.

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GRAPHICSBANK: US President Barack Obama delivers inaugural address during 57th inauguration ceremony, Washington DC, graphic element on gray (21 Jan 2013)

APPHOTO CAP311: A crowd fills up the National Mall before at the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (21 Jan 2013)


APPHOTO DCJL105: President Barack Obama supporters arrive on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (21 Jan 2013)


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