From Capetown to Tokyo and Dublin to Melbourne, more than 2 million activists inspired by the Women's March on Washington turned out worldwide Saturday in a show of solidarity a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
More than 670 marches were planned worldwide, according to the organizers' website, which says more than 2.5 million marchers in all were expected to protest.
Long before the sun rose in Washington on the first full day of the Trump administration, marchers were already on the streets in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney with a variety of messages, some supporting abortion rights, some pressing for women's equality and some driven chiefly by an anti-Trump message. There's even a march planned in Antarctica.
In London, where an estimated 100,000 marchers turned out, a banner reading "Build bridges not walls," was unfurled across the Tower Bridge shortly after sunrise. At Westminster Bridge, near Parliament, protesters hung banners saying “Migrants welcome here” and “Migration is older than language," The Guardian reported.
[The crowds were of remarkable size in Boston, Chicago and New York. In Washington DC transport chiefs said 275,000 Metro trips had been made by 11am – compared to 193,000 by the same time on Friday. The rally in the capital had grown to an estimated 500,000-strong by midday.
Beneath the bubbly atmosphere, smiles and air-punching by women carrying often witty signs, their children, cameras and flags, the message was resoundingly against what speakers called “a platform of hate” offered by Trump.]
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