Thousands reject Trump in Washington Women's March

    20 de enero de 2018

    Washington, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people took part in the Washington Women's March on Saturday to protest against the policies of US President Donald Trump as he completed his first year in the White House.

    The demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in the US capital, before marching toward the White House, where Trump on Saturday was facing the first day of a partial shutdown of his government, after Congress failed to reach an agreement Friday on passing the proposed federal budget.

    According to the Women's March Facebook page, some 12,000 people had expressed their intention to join the march in Washington.

    Beating drums and waving banners, the participants were out to fire up the activism that began on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of the magnate as the 45th president of the United States.

    That day, more than half a million people, many of them women wearing symbolic pink ribbons, took Washington to send a powerful message of resistance to Donald Trump on his first day in the White House.

    Last year's march was "a rallying cry for a lot of women who wanted their voices to be heard," said Emily Patton, a spokeswoman for the Women's March cited by local media.

    "This year, we really want to show support for women who are running for office and to encourage more women, women of color and those in the LGBT community, to run for office, to register to vote, to be more civically engaged," Patton said.

    Though in 2017 Washington was the epicenter of the protests, this year the biggest demonstrations are being held in cities like New York and Los Angeles, while the biggest of all is expected to be rolled out in Las Vegas this Sunday.

    Tom Perez, leader of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said that women are the leaders of the resistance against President Trump.

    "If the Congress, if the White House, if the governorships across America had more women like I see here today, we would be a much better America," Perez said.