Following President Donald Trump’s remarks about women, more than 400,000 protesters marched through the streets of New York City, echoing the messages sent from the capital. Protesters earlier demonstrated in Washington, D.C. sending the new President of the United States the signal that they will not remain silent if they feel like their rights are being threatened. The NYC protesters paid a visit to the Trump Tower which is heavily barricaded. The marchers also took stance in front of the 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
The protesters emphasized on civil rights and social justice that many have feared to come under threat once the new President takes the Oval Office. Prominent figures like Chirlane McCray, the City First Lady along with actress Helen Mirren and Cynthia Nixon also took part in the rally. McCray urged the New Yorkers to stand up, echoing the promises made by her husband de Blasio, the Mayor of the New York City.
The woman’s right movements in the US have achieved strong international support as well with many taking part in a rally in Barcelona, Spain. Many other women’s marches took place on January 20, the day when the new President was inaugurated. Some protesters stated that they have joined to speak up and show their solidarity to the people who are working to ensure that the new administration is not taking any policy that can put women’s health and reproductive rights in jeopardy.
However, the marchers expressed their anger as the police stopped the rallies at 55 St. and Fifth Ave., only two blocks away from the Trump Tower. A protester described it as an example of “controlled democracy”. Many speakers from the rally have vowed on Saturday to rise against any undemocratic movement that may take place under the new administration. Donald Trump has been criticized sharply since the beginning of his election campaign for his controversial statements about immigrants and women.