People all over the world are coming together to protest Donald Trump and in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Those bright pink cat-eared knitted hats have created a blanket of color across the National Mall. Organizers call the pink hats their P*ssyhat Project. People are shoulder-to-shoulder, extending a mile down Independence Avenue in D.C.
Chants rose from the women, men, and children in the crowd, according to CNN:
‘Women united will never be defeated!’
‘When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.’
Many protested Trump’s treatment of women and of minority groups. With his demeaning comments and the allegations of alleged sexual wrongdoing, he has much to deny.
Elizabeth England is one of these protesters heading toward the Women’s March with her pink hat beliefs. She could not wait, she told CNN:
‘Everyone is friendly and excited and hoping the trains start running more!’
Banners waved throughout the crowds with messages like “Dump the Trump” and “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower.” Cape Town (Africa) marchers’ banners reading “climate change is a women’s issue” and “so over mediocre men running things.”
The knitted hats have poured in from all 50 states and from countries as distant as New Zealand and France. Sister marches have risen up in cities across the world. Australia was the first big international march. In downtown Sydney, thousands joined an anti-Trump protest. As many as 5,000 people protested at Martin Place.
So far big protests have sprung up in New York City, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others. People are also rising up in cities as diverse as Berlin (Germany), Paris (France), Barcelona (Spain), and Nairobi (Kenya).
At the Berlin march, Katy Rea told CNN:
‘There are around 1,000 people. Lots of families, children. Very friendly atmosphere. Some police are present, but it’s tame and relaxed.’
According to CNN, marcher Victoria Dawson said the mood was “positive, inclusive, electric.”
The hundreds of thousands of people also expressed their concerns about nuclear weapons, LGBTQ rights, workers rights, and other issues on the placards they held high.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called Trump’s attitude toward Islam “ignorant,” and he tweeted the people of his great city, urging them to protest and:
‘Show how much we value the rights every woman should have.’
In Paris, demonstrators gathered near the iconic Eiffel Tower before marching through the streets waving flags and banners. Protesters also march in Marseille (France) in solidarity with women in Washington and around the world.
In Los Angeles, Jamie Lee Curtis said:
‘We’re going to be watching.’
Right on, Curtis!
Check out the Women’s March in the video below:
— David Common (@davidcommon) January 21, 2017
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