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Women's Marches Held Around the World in Solidarity With D.C. Demonstration

About 600 "sister marches" were held across the country and the world to coincide with the Women's March on Washington.
A Women's March kicked off, the first of a series of global protests in defense of women's rights, in Sydney on January 21, 2017.. (ANDREW MURRAY/AFP/Getty Images)

In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, millions rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message on his first full day in office that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged.

"Welcome to your first day, we will not go away!" marchers in Washington chanted.

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Organizers of the Women's March on Washington said the demonstrations were scheduled for the day after the presidential inauguration as a direct response to Trump, whose stances on abortion, immigration, climate change and health care have troubled participants. An estimated 500,000 people participated in the massive march on the nation's capital, D.C.'s deputy mayor for public safety and justice said, citing the event's organizers.

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Worldwide, including in London, Berlin and Tokyo, an estimated 3 million people participated in the march, according to organizers. Here are some of the demonstrations throughout the country and around the world:

New York City

Hundreds of thousands of people were estimated to have attended a rally and march in New York City, with a final stop along Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower.

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Organizers initially estimated at least 75,000 people, but the march grew to roughly 250,000, as groups descended on a rally site at Columbus and Jackson, reported NBC Chicago.



Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a longtime civil rights leader, told the crowd at the Georgia State Capitol to continue to fight against injustice.

"Never, ever give up. Never lose hope," Lewis said. "We're fighting for our sisters and mothers and our daughters — we’re also fighting for our fathers and our sons and for people who can’t fight for themselves."

About 63,000 people attended the march, much higher than the 20,000 anticipated, according to the NAACP and Georgia State Patrol.



San Jose, California

Mayor Sam Liccardo said the crowd was estimated at about 25,000 people.

Los Angeles

Crowds of "well past" 100,000 people took part in demonstrations in downtown, the Los Angeles Police Department said. There were no arrests reported. "The women, men, and children exercised their first amendment rights in a joyous and peaceful manner," the LAPD said in a statement.


Organizers estimated the crowd in Seattle at 170,000 and at one point the march stretched for three miles, NBC affiliate KING 5 reported.