Record Numbers Represent for Womens Rights Around The Globe
22 Jan, 2017
Chicago. Oklahoma City. London. Los Angeles.
Across the globe, cities big and small saw throngs of women, men and children take to the streets Saturday in a show of unity and support for women’s rights. The swarms of marchers came together in the sunshine and rain to rally against sexism, racism and hatred and to protest President Donald Trump.
The crowds were so large that some U.S. cities ground to a halt as demonstrators overwhelmed streets, train stations and parks. The more than 600 “sister marches” were held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington a day after Trump’s inauguration.
Here’s a closer look at some of those marches around the world:
Los Angeles police said well over 100,000 people packed several closed blocks. Several trains were added to the city’s jammed metro line in order t
Scores of protesters spilled into the streets after organizers canceled the city’s march for safety reasons because of a larger-than-expected turnout. The overflow crowd reached an estimated 250,000 people.
People flooded nearby streets, chanting and waving signs protesting Trump, after a rally concluded at Grant Park.
A crowd in Atlanta huddled under a blanket of umbrellas amid intermittent downpours.
In London tens of thousands of marchers sardined into Trafalgar Square with a look of contentment.
Demonstrators crammed the streets outside Trump’s Manhattan home, saying the new leader might be from there, but he’s no New Yorker.
Trump was born and raised in New York City, but the majority of the city and state voted for Hillary Clinton.
Tens of thousands of protesters carrying signs that read: “Women’s rights are human rights” and “A woman’s place is in the resistance” funneled past Trump Tower to thunderous cheers on tony Fifth Avenue, where he conducted nearly all of his postelection business. It’s also where first lady Melania Trump and the couple’s young son, Barron, will live.
In New Jersey Sarah Gospodar “These issues we address today are things that should unite us. How can anyone be against equal pay and fair and equal rights for all Americans?”
In Miami thousands filed into an amphitheater under blazing sunshine and gave rousing cheers to speeches by community activists, interspersed with the thumping rhythms of a drum group and other musical acts.
Seattle’s city officials declined to provide estimates but said the march grew into one contiguous mass of people filling an entire 3.6-mile route.
Actress Charlize Theron and other celebrities led demonstrators in a chant of “Love, not hate, makes America great” through the snowy streets during the annual Sundance Film Festival.
The march was about unity and bringing people together, Theron told The Associated Press.
“None of us are here today to divide anyone. We’re already divided enough,” she said. “I think we are really here today to celebrate coming together and working together and hearing each other and being able to move forward instead of moving backward. That’s all we want.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler agreed.
“After that terrible day yesterday, we are going to unite,” she said.
Several hundred demonstrators shut down four lanes of traffic on a central boulevard outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. They held up signs such as “Nasty women keep fighting” and “Girls just wanna have fundamental rights.”
The Mexican capital is home to a sizable population of U.S. citizens, and many in the crowd were Americans.