Thousands of people participated today in Washington in the “March of Women”, in protest against the policies of the US president, the Republican Donald Trump, who served his first year since he arrived at the White House.
The demonstrators gathered before the Lincoln Memorial, in the center of the US capital, before marching to the White House, where Trump was facing the crisis of the first day of the partial closure of the government, after this Friday the Congress did not arrive to an agreement to approve the federal budget.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, some 12,000 people had expressed their intention to attend the march.
With drums and banners reading slogans such as “Process Trump now!” or “Never underestimate a woman’s ability to change the world”, the participants wanted to boost the activism started on January 21, 2017, a day after the investiture of the magnate as forty-fifth president of the United States.
That day, more than half a million people, including many women who wore symbolic clothes and pink ties, took Washington to send a strong message of resistance to Donald Trump on his first day as a tenant of the White House.
“Last year was a unifying cry for many women who wanted their voices to be heard,” spokeswoman Emily Patton was quoted as saying by local media.
“This year, we really want to show support for women who apply for lessons and encourage more women (…) to become more involved in a civic way,” Patton stressed, defending “women’s rights and equality.”
Although in 2017, Washington was the epicenter of the protests, this year the biggest protests are taking place today in cities like New York, although the largest is expected to take place this Sunday in Las Vegas (Nevada).
In Washington, Democratic politicians like Tom Perez, president of the Democratic National Committee (DNC, party secretariat) intervened.
Pérez stressed: “Women are the nucleus of our Democratic Party and the leaders in the resistance against President Trump.”
While Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, accompanied by more than a dozen legislators from her party, told the audience that “their truth has never been more important than now.”
The Republican president responded to the protesters from the White House with a message posted on his Twitter social network account.
“Nice time in all of our great country, a perfect day for the March of Women,” Trump wrote.
“Come out now to celebrate the historic milestones and the unprecedented economic successes and wealth creation that have taken place over the past 12 months – the lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” Added the New York billionaire. (efeusa)