Women’s marches against Trump in Britain

This video is adbout the Women’s March in London, England, 21 January 2017.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Build bridges not walls, says planet

Monday 23rd January 2016

Global message of hope seeks to drown out US leader

HUGE protests were held across Britain on Saturday as part of the international Women’s March on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Women’s rights activists took part in more than 600 rallies worldwide, including those in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheffield and Bradford.

Organisers said that up to 100,000 people took part in London. The biggest march was in the US capital Washington DC, the day after Mr Trump was sworn in.

The march in London started off at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square shortly after noon and chanted: “Build bridges, not walls” as demonstrators made their way via Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square for a rally. Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, his lawyer wife Saadiya and his two daughters were spotted among the crowds.

People of all ages had descended on Grosvenor Square toting a plethora of placards with slogans such as “dump Trump,” “reject hate, reclaim politics” and “no to racism, no to Trump.”

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who spoke at the rally, told the Press Association: “When the most powerful man in the world says it’s OK to sexually assault women because you are rich and powerful, we have to stand up and say no way.”

She added: “I think this is a march for equality and action for the future. We don’t want the clock being turned back on women’s equality.”

In West Yorkshire, 1,400 protesters marched through Shipley in solidarity with women in the US, writes our northern correspondent Peter Lazenby.

The protest also targeted Shipley’s notorious Tory MP Philip Davies, an anti-feminist who last year said: “Feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it.”

Mr Davies is a firm supporter of Mr Trump, and has been quoted as saying: “I would vote for him in a heartbeat.”

His comments led to the start of a Facebook group, Feminists eating cake. It now has 1,000 members. Protesters ate cake on their way past his office, while the Shipley Feminist Zealots group baked and sold cakes to raise funds for Bradford Women’s Refuge and male suicide prevention charity Calm.

Equal enthusiasm was displayed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, at an anti-Trump rally outside the city hall attended by more than 200 people, with home-made placards focusing on some of Trump’s outrageous comments about women.

This video is about the Women’s March in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

6 thoughts on “Women’s marches against Trump in Britain

  1. Monday 23rd January 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    MILLIONS of women marched in cities across the world on Saturday in a spectacular display of defiance against Donald Trump’s presidency.

    The main march in Washington DC attracted more than half a million, according to city officials.

    It far surpassed the 60,000 people who protested against the Vietnam War at Richard Nixon’s inauguration in 1973.

    Many of the women came wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” in reference to Mr Trump’s outrageous comments in which he declared that he “grabs women by the pussy” without their consent.

    “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war,” actress America Ferrera told the crowd.

    “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.”

    Civil rights activist Angela Davis called for resistance against attacks on women, Muslims, disabled people, immigrants and people of colour stressing that freedom struggles in the US’s history “cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand.

    “This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement.

    “Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

    “No human being is illegal.”

    More than 600 “sister marches” were planned worldwide, including one that drew up to 100,000 supporters in London. Crowd estimates from police and organisers around the globe added up to well over a million.

    And in Sydney, thousands of Australians gathered in solidarity in Hyde Park. One organiser said that the protest is not just about Trump but about “systematic inequalities highlighted by his rise to power.”



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