Protesters gather near Trump's Florida home

2018-01-20 22:07
Women gather near Central Park in New York for the Women’s March across the US. (Stephanie Keith, Getty Images, AFP)

Women gather near Central Park in New York for the Women’s March across the US. (Stephanie Keith, Getty Images, AFP)

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New York -  In Palm Beach, Florida, home to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs as they prepared to march as part of Saturday's planned protests.

Across the globe, people hit the streets on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

Opposition to Trump

In Palm Beach, a group of women wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show "The Handmaid's Tale" marched in formation, their heads bowed.

Elsewhere around the US, people congregated in Chicago, Houston, Richmond, Virginia and Rhode Island. In Los Angeles, organisers predicted thousands of people, including state officials and celebrities, would march to City Hall.

A protest in New York was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the world. By mid-morning, people gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Raleigh, North Carolina. In Philadelphia, many marchers wore pink cat-ear hats as a show of solidarity, while others carried signs stating opposition to Trump and his policies.

In Chicago, thousands of people gathered in Grant Park. Fawzia Mirza drew cheers from the crowd as she kicked off the event with a reference to the partial government shutdown, which began hours earlier.

"When the government shuts down, women still march," she said.

She said the event was about channeling women's energy and "putting that power in the polls".

Anti-abortion movement

Earlier on Saturday, dozens of activists gathered in Rome to denounce violence against women and express support for the #MeToo movement. They were joined by Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who made headlines after alleging in 2017 she had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s.

The 2017 rally in Washington, DC, and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump's views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies and many on Saturday thought about all that's happened in the past year.

The Republican president on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, speaking by video to thousands of activists at the annual March for Life.


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