Thousands take streets on one-year of Trump presidency
21 Jan 2018, 02:05 ( 21 Jan, 2018)
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in New York City on Saturday to show support for groups including women, immigrants and people of color as many of them pointed their fingers directly at the U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.
The second annual Women's march came just 12 hours after the U.S. government shut down and on the day exactly one year after Trump's inauguration.
Andrea Hagelgans, a senior advisor to the NYC mayor, tweeted that the official turnout was more than 120,000.
"This is about us showing that we are out here to protect the values of our constitution," she said. "To honor the rights, to respect the rights of so many people. Mexicans, immigrants, Haitians, Africans."
John Mclean from New Jercy told Xinhua he came here in support of women.
"I have little respect for President Trump," Mclean said. "He stands against women, abortion, immigration...quite frankly he stands against what American stands for."
"We want social justice, we want Dreamers to be albe to stay here, we want childcare, we don't want money only to go to military, the big companies," said Lou Sones.
The protest, which started in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower by Central Park, was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the world.
Last year, more than 400,000 demonstrators flooded midtown in New York for Women's March. Another 400,000 to 500,000 people marched in Washington D.C., along with hundreds of thousands more in at least 300 cities around the world.