Owner of limo set on fire during anti-Trump protests in Washington, DC amid inauguration speaks out

A burning limousine was one of the enduring images from the protests that sprung up in Washington, D.C., during President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Now, the head of the company that owned that limo is speaking out against the protestors' vandalism that could cost him tens of thousands of dollars.

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A limousine burns after being smashed by anti-Trump protesters on K Street on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. While protests were mostly peaceful, some turned violent. President-elect Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th U.S. President today.

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Protesters block a street after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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Protesters clash with police after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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A woman helps a protester after he was sprayed with pepper spray during protest near the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Michael Moore speaks to protesters at McPherson Square Park following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

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Protesters clash with police during the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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A man protests the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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A police officer tries to tackle a protester demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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An activist stands amid smoke from a stun grenade while protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, D.C. January 20, 2017.

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Protesters chain themselves to each other and block an entry point prior at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Firefighters extinguish a car that was set on fire during protests near the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Protesters demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump raise their hands as they are surrounded by police on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Protesters chain themselves to an entry point prior at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Protesters clash with police while demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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A protestor dressed as Uncle Sam attends Donald Trump's Inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Police run as they confront protesters during the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Protesters are surrounded by police during a protest near the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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A protester is assisted by police after being injured during protests near the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Protesters chain themselves to an entry point prior at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Demonstrators protest following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

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An anti-Trump protester screams after being hit by a paintball gun fired by Police during clashes in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107. Masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows and scuffled with riot police Friday in downtown Washington, blocks away from the route of the parade in honor of newly sworn-in President Donald Trump. Washington police arrested more than 90 people over acts of vandalism committed on the fringe of peaceful citywide demonstrations being held against Trump's inauguration.

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Police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington after a limo was set on fire following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Washington and the entire world have watched the transfer of the United States presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, the 45th president.

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Police stop protesters from passing through following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

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Demonstrators protest following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

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A man looks through a smashed car window during a protest against the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Demonstrators set fires as they confront police in protest against the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Protesters attend Donald Trump's Inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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A man holds a sign in front of riot police during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, D.C. January 20, 2017.

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Muhammad Ashraf owns Nationwide Chauffeured Services, which operated the limo that was set ablaze. He also happens to be a Muslim immigrant, a group anti-Trump protesters claimed to support.

Ashraf told BuzzFeed News the damage could set his business back between $70,000 and $100,000. He had already booked events for that limo before it was destroyed.

He said he was disappointed that some of the protesters ended up being destructive. He said, "They have all the right to go out and protest and have their voice heard, but destroying property does not do anything better."

Ashraf also said he and the driver received harassing phone calls from people who accused them of being Trump supporters. He declined to share his political views.

Another limousine company in Florida set up a GoFundMe page to help replace the vehicle. It has raised more than $14,000 of its $20,000 goal in its first three days.

The D.C. police department blamed the vandalism on an organized group of people and said many of its members had been arrested.

Trump promised to ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S., though he later softened his stance to what he calls "extreme vetting."

SEE MORE: Journalists Face Felony Charges After Covering Inauguration Protests

Now, Trump is reportedly preparing to sign an order banning immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries like Iraq, Iran and Syria.

AOL contributed to this report

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Cheerful member of the crowd #inauguration https://t.co/NMtuIUao4S
Crowds are already stacking up in the standing area outside the Capitol #Inauguration https://t.co/EeiGyXwT7n
When the band started playing a particular song these service men and women stopped and saluted #Inauguration https://t.co/k1Shku9SoQ
People everywhere in the crowd taking selfies as they arrive at the National Mall (AOL/Torrey AndersonSchoepe)
The Capitol just before sunrise (AOL/Torrey AndersonSchoepe)
The Capitol decked out and ready for inauguration (AOL/Torrey AndersonSchoepe)
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Crowd erupts into cheers as George W. and Laura Bush arrive at the Capitol #Inauguration https://t.co/tvyTr3oGLS
Crowd cheers as Melania makes her entrance in an eye-catching light blue coat #Inauguration https://t.co/fkJOwpNLCk
Crowd erupts into cheers after Trump says we will "buy American and hire Americans" #Inauguration https://t.co/ufuLibZluP
The crowd and the big screen at inauguration (AOL/Torrey AndersonSchoepe)
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Patriotic flair at #inauguration https://t.co/mlcsQaQb40
A member of the military stands at a road block with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. (AOL/Torrey AndersonSchoepe)
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