Thousands marched through London against U.S. President Donald Trump, joining a worldwide movement from Sydney to Washington. A protest was also held in Edinburgh.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 21, 2017) (REUTERS) – Thousands of protesters descended on London on Saturday (January 21), as part of a series of worldwide marches for women’s rights, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Showing solidarity with the main march in Washington DC, Londoners marched from the U.S. embassy through central London, ending with a rally on iconic Trafalgar Square.
Protesters chanted “Donald Trump has got to go!” and held placards with slogans such as “This is what pussy power looks like” to vent their frustration over the potential impact of a Trump presidency on human rights.
Sixteen-year-old Lily Andrews, who campaigned against Trump during the lead up to the election, said she was “tired of women being sexualised, tired of women being objectified”.
Lily also campaigned against Brexit and said she “felt let down by another bad result.”
“I’m disgusted because it shows that things haven’t changed as much as we thought they had. It shows that… I feel let down by America to be honest,” she added.
Some women said they thought Trump was “dangerous”.
“The misogyny and the racism, his position on the planet and climate change, things that are going to damage women across the globe. I think he is really dangerous, I think he is a really dangerous person and what he stands for is really dangerous,” Phoebe Ferguson said.
“Basically just a protest against everything that Donald Trump stands for. It is getting very close to Hitler, isn’t it,” Sian Rider said.
It wasn’t just women at the protest. Simon Chapman and his two sons took part to show their solidarity with women around the world.
He described Trump’s policies as “not inclusive”.
“I watched it (the inauguration), and it was horrible,” his young son Alex Chapman said, clutching a placard showing a screenshot of Michelle Obama looking into the camera after receiving a gift from Melania Trump.
Worldwide some 670 marches were planned, according to the organisers’ website which says more than two million marchers are expected to protest against Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday.
Among the other marches was a protest held in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The marches spotlights the fierce opposition Trump faces as he takes office, a period that is typically more of a honeymoon for a new president.