Date
19 July 2018
People participate in a Women's March event in New York City on Jan. 21 to protest against US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
People participate in a Women's March event in New York City on Jan. 21 to protest against US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Women’s March: Massive anti-Trump protests held across US

Hundreds of thousands of people participated in Women’s March events in US cities and around the world on Saturday in a show of protest against US President Donald Trump.

A day after Trump was sworn into office, crowds of women and men gathered in support of women’s rights, as well as the rights of immigrants and minority groups, and to push back against Trump’s agenda, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In Washington DC, marchers jammed city streets and filled the large swath of parkland between the US Capitol and the White House known as the National Mall. 

Carrying signs, marchers pushed a litany of progressive causes and issues that included providing unfettered reproductive rights for women, tackling climate change and raising the minimum wage.

Early Sunday Trump tweeted about the protests, first saying “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote?”

Later, he put out another tweet: “Peaceful protesters are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

The crowds in Washington and some other cities were larger than organizers had anticipated.

Protests also were held in New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and other cities, with several of the cities drawing large crowds.

The Washington event was the largest of a series of marches across the world in cities including Sydney, London and Tokyo in a strong rebuke to the new US president.

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