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Protesters gather in Dublin as part of the international ’Women’s March on Washington’

Aine McMahon, Rachel Flaherty Sat, Jan 21
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    Thousands of protesters are to march around the world to express their protest at Donald Trump's inauguration as President.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in the US women's marches, with the largest taking place in Washington.

    It will feature speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along the National Mall, a day after Donald Trump was inaugurated amid protests.
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    In Washington, former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman said she will take part in the march with her two daughters, her sister and her niece.
    She told the Press Association: "I feel that the election was somewhat of a feminist issue. I feel like the best of us was bested by not the best of them."
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    In Dublin, the the Women’s March will kick off at 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance, while in Galway, things will begin at 2pm at Eyre Square.

    The march in Belfast begins at 3pm at Belfast City Hall and the Castlebar march, which begins at Market Square, will also set off at 3pm.

    The idea behind these Women’s Marches began when retired-lawyer and grandmother Teresa Shook from Hawaii created a Facebook page the night after Mr Trump’s election suggesting a protest. Two months later, there are expected to be thousands of ‘sister marches’ taking place across the globe with millions calling for recognition of human rights, dignity and justice.

    To find out more about protests in Ireland, the US and around the world,
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    Support for women in Ireland and the US

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    Irish Times' video journalist Enda O'Dowd reports from the protest in Dublin

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    Hi, it's Rachel Flaherty here to to keep you up to date with all the latest news around the protests today. How are you feeling around the new US President Donald J Trump? You can contact me on Twitter at @rachelfl or
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    Women in Washington

    Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States are expected to pack into downtown Washington on Saturday for a women' s march in opposition to the agenda and rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
    The Women's March on Washington, featuring speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along the National Mall, was planned as a counter-argument to Trump' s populist presidential campaign, in which he angered many on the left with comments seen as demeaning to women, Mexicans and Muslims.
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    Women’s March Ireland say the Irish march is coinciding with more than 600 sister marches globally.  

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    Kathy Sheridan: Wobbly anthems, wobbly heels and talk of ‘teary’ Trump

    “It’s definitely a poncho situation kind of day,” says Brooke from CNN. “No full delooge just yet”. Chilly though. Definitely chilly. The crowd looks low, homogenous and damp.

    Kate, who got the short straw, is trying to drum up atmosphere way down the Mall, in the non-ticket holders’ section. “The atmosphere is much like a Trump rally,” she says.

    Interestingly, Washington Metro has gone to the trouble of comparing inauguration day metro trips. As of 11am on Trump’s big day, 193,000 trips had been taken. For Obama’s in 2009, the corresponding figure was 513,000. For the television channels being relentlessly upbeat, it’s a tough one.

    So we can confirm that Melania is wearing Ralph Lauren, “channelling the Jackie Kennedy vibe” and with heels “so HIGH”, gasps a male panellist. (Shots of her virtually goose-stepping off a military plane the night before suggest a lower heel might be safer but hey, we know that Donald is a demon for women’s freedom of choice).

    Will the lesser-known designers among her choices win them a boost or a backlash, someone wonders. And will Ivanka, now the most influential First Daughter in history, cease to be a walking, talking advertisement for her own brand?

    Full story here

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    Crowds gathering in Washington

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    Irish Times' US correspondent Simon Carswell in Washington

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    Gardai estimate a crowd of more than 5,000 at the Dublin march

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    Women's march in Dublin

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    This baby is not going to wait for the march to finish


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    Women protest against Trump on streets of Europe's capitals

    Thousands of women took to the streets of European capitals to join "sister marches" in Asia against newly installed US President Trump ahead of a major rally in Washington expected to draw nearly a quarter of a million people.

    Waving banners with slogans like "Special relationship, just say no" and "Nasty women unite," the demonstrators gathered outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square before heading to a rally in central Trafalgar Square.

    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 US president on Friday.

    Celebrities including rights activist Bianca Jagger, singer Charlotte Church and actor Ian McKellen expressed their support for the protest on social media. Several marchers wore pink "pussy" hats, and carried banners with slogans like: "this pussy bites back" after the emergence of a 2005 tape in which Trump spoke of   women in a demeaning way sparked widespread outrage. In Europe, marches also took place in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Geneva and Amsterdam.

    About 2,000 people marched in Vienna, according to estimates by the police and organisers, but sub-zero temperatures quickly thinned the crowd to a couple of hundred. One protester placed a pink knitted hat with cat ears on the golden statue of 19th century composer Johann Strauss, while in Geneva police estimated around 1,000 people, mainly   women and children, marched through the Swiss city.


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    Live video from Washington

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    Sarah Fox,33 and Sarah Murphy, 34 were both marching with the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign in London to raise awareness of the fight to abolish the 8th amendment  and make safe abortions legal.



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    <p>A protester takes part in the women’s march in London. The march followed walked from the American Embassy to Trafalgar Square in central London on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters</p>
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    A protester takes part in the women’s march in London. The march followed walked from the American Embassy to Trafalgar Square in central London on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters


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    <p>Protesters in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters</p>

    Protesters in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

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    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem addresses the crowd, commenting on Trump’s inauguration speech yesterday.

    “Everything that happened before him was a disaster and everything that he would do would be fantastic, the best ever, miracles and all the superlatives.

    “He said he was for the people... I have met the people and you are not them,” said Steinem.

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    A video from today's Women's March in Dublin where around 5000 people marched.  

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    Amanda Ferguson reports from Belfast where hundreds of people have gathered outside Belfast City Hall for a ‘Sister Rally’ to highlight women’s rights and equality issues. Jennie Carlsten (46) from Chicago, who, like others, was inspired by the ‘Women’s March’ on Washington in opposition to newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump.

    “Today is a very emotional day,” she said. “I think there is an enormous challenge to human rights happening. “Trump didn’t begin it, it wasn’t started and won’t end with Trump, but that rhetoric has been validated by the campaign over the last year and we see alarming things happening with policy already.”

    Jennie’s 6-year-old daughter Madeline told The Irish Times the ‘Sister Rally’ organised by her mother was about “women’s rights, a bit about Donald Trump, a bit about Black Lives Matter and a bit about looking after the planet”. “It is important because all humans are equal,” she said.

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    Men in support of Women's March


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    The Washington subway reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m (4pm Irish Time) Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, the day of Trump's inauguration and eight times normal Saturday volume.


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    Latest from the Washington march

    Filmmaker Michael Moore tells the Women’s March in Washington it is time for them to run for office.

     “This is not the time for shy people.”

    Moore gets a copy of the Washington Post and reads the headline of “Trump takes power”.
    "Here's the power. Here's the majority of America right here," declares Moore.
    "We are here to vow to end the Trump carnage.
    "I want you to call Congress every single day. Every single day.”

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    From Paris...

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    ‘Our rights have all been under attack’

     Actress America Ferrera told the crowd in the US capital: “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war.
    “Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday.
    “But the president is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay.”

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    Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance performance at the Inauguration Ball


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    Women's March in Washington

    An estimated 500.000 people are protesting in Washington DC

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    The crowd is bigger than expected in Chicago

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    Watch the large crowd in Denver chant

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    Gloria Steinem: “This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy that I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity and remember the constitution does not begin with 'I the president' it begins with 'we the people'."

    Video of speech below

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    It would be fair to say Piers Morgan is not a fan of the Women's March


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    Anti-Trump marchers downbeat but defiant in Dublin

    The gathering under granite grey skies at the end of the Dublin leg of the Women’s March on Washington had to be moved from the GPO on O’Connell Street to a considerably more spacious area near the Irish Writer’s Museum because it was larger than either the organisers or the authorities had anticipated.
    Shortly before midday - and less than 24 hours after Donald Trump’s inauguration ushered in a new world order - thousands of women, men and children came to the Garden of Remembrance to voice their concern at the new US president’s world view, his political perspective and his attitude to women.
    By the time the march set off on its short loop around the north-inner city, 5,000 people had assembled and while there was an array of brightly coloured and witty signs the mood was decidedly downbeat and sombre.

    Full story here

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    March in Stockholm

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    John Kerry at the march

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    It looks like the march is about to get into full swing


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    Singer Madonna just came out to speak

    "Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny, where not just women are endangered but all marginalized people," says Madonna.
    "It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up," she declares. "It seems as though we had al slipped into a false sense of comfort. That justice would rpeveail, that good will win in the end. Well, good did not win this election but good will win in the end.
    "Today marks the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free to be who we are to be equal. Let's march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid, that we are not alone, that we will not back down.
    "To our detractors who insist that this march will never add up to anything: fuck you," she declares.
    "Yes I am angry. Yes I have thought a lot about blowing up the White House. But that won't change anything," adds Madonna.
    She then busts out into her hit Express Yourself.  (Guardian)

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    Huge crowds in Washington

     Hundreds of thousands of women, many wearing bright pink hats, marched in Washington on Saturday in a mass show of opposition to US President Donald Trump's agenda the day after the Republican businessman-turned-politician took office.
    The Women's March on Washington was one of a series of street protests throughout the country and the world against the new president's often angry, populist rhetoric.
    Trump has angered many liberal Americans with comments seen as demeaning to women, Mexicans and Muslims, and worried some abroad with his inaugural vow on Friday to put "America First" in his decision making.
    The flood of people on Saturday appeared to be larger than the crowds who turned out the day before to witness Trump's inauguration on the steps of the US Capitol.
    Organisers of the protest had told police they expected 200,000 people to attend but the crowd looked bigger than that.
    It stressed the city's Metro subway system, with riders reporting enormous crowds and some end-of-line stations temporarily turning away riders when parking lots filled and platforms became too crowded. (Reuters)

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    That's it from us on the blog for today. The anti-Trump protests are still continuing. Keep up to date with all the latest on