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Hundreds of thousands at women’s anti-Trump marches in US

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women’s rights protests to mark President Donald Trump’s first full day in office.

In the capital, where the largest march was held, ridership on the metro network stood at 275,000 at 11 am, almost 50 percent higher than the same time for Trump’s inauguration a day earlier, the WMATA transport authority said.

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Protesters attend the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the Womens March has spread to be a global march calling on all concerned citizens to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion and for womens rights to be recognised around the world as human rights. Images/AFP

According to Washington’s deputy mayor Kevin Donahue, organizers upped their initial turnout estimate from 200,000 to half a million people faced with the flood of protesters who were continuing to pour into the capital’s streets.

Huge sister protests were taking place in cities including Boston, New York, Denver and Chicago where police said the event was changed from a march to a rally due to the “large crowd on hand.”


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