Friday, 24 March, 2017

'Women's March' Occupies Washington Day After Donald Trump's Inauguration

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But most Americans are willing to wait a while to find out what a President Trump and his America is like.

In Sydney, Australia, women, men, and children gathered in the city's Hyde Park carrying signs with slogans like "Bridges not walls", and "A woman's place is in the revolution".

The ceremonies brought a small, more reserved crowd than what was present during former President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day in 2008 and 2012: the almost empty field the two women stood as they watched their 2016 presidential candidate assume power was packed elbow-to-elbow just four years ago. Indeed, on Thursday, the long lines for the buses from NY to DC were predominantly female.

"I woke up this morning and the [Washington Post] headline read, 'Trump takes power.' I don't think so. Instead of saying, 'Oh, I have to get this and that experience first, ' friends of mine are thinking of running for office now".

Media captionWashington DC is leading anti-Trump protests around the world.

A sea of activists, some clad in knitted, pink "pussy" hats and others draped in American flags, ambled about the National Mall, stopping to catch a glimpse of some of the high-profile speakers and singing along to songs like "This Little Light of Mine".

Many protesters channelled Princess Leia from Star Wars. But she said she was particularly anxious about press freedom, the likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a "hate and fear" that had been given such a voice.

- Rachel Crooks, who said she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower when Trump kissed her on the mouth outside an elevator when she introduced herself.

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The resolution encourages Falcons fans to wear red and black this Friday, January 20th in support of the team. Atlanta has forced 11 turnovers in the last five games, a stat the Falcons look to build on come Sunday.

"We're not here against Trump, but we're not here for him either", one of the sign-holders said.

Authorities will be on standby to prevent any repeat of violence that occurred after the inauguration ceremony on Friday, when protesters took to the streets in Washington, smashing windows of businesses and denouncing capitalism and the new president.

Mr. Trump promised that, "America will start winning again, winning like never before" and that the US would follow "two simple rules: buy American and hire American".

The gathering under granite grey skies at the end of the Dublin leg of the Women's March on Washington had to be moved from the GPO on O'Connell Street to a considerably more spacious area near the Irish Writer's Museum because it was larger than either the organisers or the authorities had anticipated.

Figuring out how many will actually attend the march is difficult-early estimates anticipate up to 200,000.

Many demonstrators eventually made their way to the White House, with seas of people blocking traffic.

Madonna delivered a spirited speech before her performance of "Express Yourself" and "Human Nature".

"It's letting the world know that America is more than just that. This is an outpouring of democracy like I've never seen in my very long life", liberal feminist icon Gloria Steinem said during Saturday's march. "I don't want to be silenced, and I don't want other people to feel like this is OK".

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