Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

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WASHINGTON — The Women’s March extended beyond the United States, as similar protests cropped up around the world over women’s rights and other issues the marchers fear could be under threat from President Donald Trump’s presidency.

Although the focus of the day was the Women’s March on Washington, many people attended the hundreds of “sister marches” that occurred around the US and the globe.

Women and men in cities including Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris, Nairobi and Cape Town, marched in solidarity with the marchers in Washington and in opposition to the values they think President Trump represents.

Near and far

A crowd of people gathered near the US Embassy in Mexico City on Saturday, January 21st, shutting down the street and holding signs.

“Say it loud, say it clear, migrants are welcome here,” they shouted.

Not all of the protesters were Mexican. Some Americans were there, too, in a show of solidarity.

One man told CNN, “It’s a little strange to have this kind of shame and lack of pride for what direction the United States is heading in.”

A “pro-peace, pro-environment” march also took place on Antarctica. Twitter user Linda Zunas posted pictures of people there taking part in the global event.

“Love rules in Antarctica,” read one poster, held by a man bundled up on the snowy landscape in Paradise Bay.

“We are allies, not bystanders,” read another sign, held by a woman posing in front of a glacier.

‘Girl Power vs. Trump Tower’

Australia was the scene of the day’s first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump demonstration in downtown Sydney.

Organizers said as many as 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000.

Chants from the crowd included “Women united will never be defeated” and “When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.” Some carried banners with messages such as “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower” and “Dump the Trump.”

A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the President Trump protest group.

Protest organizers in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, said about 700 people turned out there for a women’s march. Marches were also held in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Protesters also joined together to march in Nairobi, Kenya — the African nation that was the native country of former President Barack Obama’s father.

Marchers in Cape Town, South Africa, carried banners with slogans such as “Climate change is a women’s issue” and “So over mediocre men running things.”

Other African nations staging women’s marches included Ghana and Malawi.

Europe marches

Big crowds turned out Saturday in dozens of cities across Europe, with marchers including men, women and children.

Protesters who gathered outside one of Rome’s most famous structures, the Pantheon, on Saturday morning carried signs reading “Yes we must” and “Women’s rights are human rights.”

Demonstrators also took to the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and other cities in Germany.

Katy Rea, who was at the march in Berlin, told CNN: “There are around 1,000 people. Lots of families, children. Very friendly atmosphere. Some police are present, but it’s tame and relaxed.”

Marches also took place in cities up and down the United Kingdom, from London to Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.

In London, large crowds joined a two-mile march starting outside the US Embassy and ending with a rally in the city’s historic Trafalgar Square.

Marcher Victoria Dawson told CNN the atmosphere was “positive, inclusive, electric.”

Women’s rights weren’t the only issue on the agenda, with placards also bearing slogans to do with Brexit, nuclear weapons, workers’ rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Speakers at Trafalgar Square told the crowds at least 100,000 people had turned out. London’s Metropolitan Police do not provide crowd estimates, but aerial footage showed large numbers of people gathered in the square.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan — who before the US presidential election told CNN that President Trump’s views of Islam were “ignorant” — posted a tweet encouraging Londoners to join the march and “show how much we value the rights every woman should have.”

In Paris, demonstrators gathered near the iconic Eiffel Tower before marching through the streets waving flags and banners.

“A woman’s place is in the house — the White House,” read one pink poster at the Paris event.

Other French cities including Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux were also holding events.

Protesters in Barcelona, Spain, chanted “We will not be silent” and “My body, my choice” as they marched.

On Friday night, a crowd of predominantly female protesters gathered in Brussels, Belgium, to denounce sexism and protest against Trump.

Marches also took place in Greece, Kosovo, the Czech Republic and Georgia.

Marches in the U.S.

More than a million Americans took to the streets of the United States to protest President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. And that doesn’t include the many thousands of people who took part in the main event — The Women’s March on Washington — for which there was no official crowd estimate.

CNN did not make its own crowd estimates, but compiled official estimates from law enforcement agencies for many of the “sister marches” around the country that drew large crowds. There were other marches in cities around the world.

Marchers planned events in many cities outside the nation’s capitol. CNN looked at media reports citing law enforcement figures in many of those cities. Massive gatherings in places like New York and Denver were not included because authorities there did not offer an official estimate.

Crowd sizes became an issue in Washington Saturday when President Trump visited the CIA and during remarks to employees there, accused an unnamed news organization of misrepresenting the attendance for his own inauguration.

“We had a massive field of people,” he told the US intelligence agency. “You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I’m like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, ‘Donald Trump did not draw well,’ ” the President said.

“It looked honestly like a million and a half people, whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument and I turn on, by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. Said we drew 250,000 people. Now, that’s not bad. But it’s a lie,” he said.

It wasn’t clear which outlet President Trump was referring to. CNN has not reported a specific size to the crowd since there has been no official estimate.

Later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer went on a tear against the political press for reporting on crowd size. The National Park Service, which oversees the National Mall, has been instructed by Congress not to offer crowd size estimates.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said, although evidence suggests otherwise.

Photos of President Trump’s inauguration compared to Barack Obama’s in 2009 and also to the Women’s March suggest the President drew a smaller crowd, although there could be other reasons, including a heightened security perimeter on Friday for the inauguration that was not in place on Saturday for the Women’s March and protesters on Friday, who obstructed entrance points to the inauguration and parade route.

3 comments

  • ANDY G

    These people say human rights matter, well what about my rights this is my country and I do not like illegal aliens in it.
    And I think all coming into this country should be evaluated before letting them in. I am sick of these fascist pigs protesting. If you do not like it here you are welcome to go to another country and protest, where they will treat you better and you have more rights. Spoiled little brats.

  • Libsareliars

    I find it hilarious that people in other countries protest about who we elect president. They should worry about what goes on in their own country not ours.

  • sheryl ace

    it really doesn’t matter what other countries are marching for they do not represent me or my country.

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