Women March on Washington and Other Cities to Defy Trump

As hundreds of thousands of women crowd the streets of Washington and other cities across the globe on Saturday, The Intercept will be providing updates. Latest update: 5:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Protesters attend the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Protesters attend the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

As hundreds of thousands of women and men crowd the streets of Washington and other cities across the globe on Saturday, The Intercept provided updates throughout the day from our reporters on the ground and gleaned from social networks.
Latest update: 5:32 p.m.

Massive Anti-Trump Protests Continue

As the march in Washington winds down, hundreds of thousands of people remain in the streets on the nation’s largest cities, including massive crowds in New York, where Fifth Avenue remains jammed with people, and Los Angeles, where police estimated that at least 500,000 people took part.

Anger at Trump was not, however, confined to the coasts, or even to the United States, with vivid images and video showing protesters filling the streets of cities across the country and around the world. The Intercept will continue to follow the reverberations of this demonstration of Trump’s deep unpopularity in the days ahead, but here are some final glimpses of a remarkable day.

Chicago, Illinois

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

St. Paul, Minnesota

Anchorage, Alaska

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Austin, Texas

Lansing, Michigan

Atlanta, Georgia

Vienna, Austria

London, England


Trump Makes Bizarre Plea to CIA to Accept His Estimate 1.5 Million Attended His Inauguration

Trump has yet to comment on the fact that the National Mall was more crowded for today’s protest than yesterday’s inauguration, but that could be because he is so irked by reports showing that both of Barack Obama’s inaugural addresses were much better attended.


The new president took time to address the issue in a bizarre setting: during a speech to intelligence officers at the CIA on Saturday. Trump insisted that he was the victim of a media conspiracy to misreport the crowd size and assured the spies that, from where stood while addressing the crowd, “it looked like a million, a million and a half people,” were there.

He went on to claim, inaccurately, that the mall was “packed” all the way from the steps of the Capitol to the Washington Monument. One television network “said we drew 250,000 people,” Trump added. “Now, that’s not bad — but it’s a lie.”

In fact, it is a lie to claim that the crowd filled the well-photographed area around the monument, which was packed for Obama’s inauguration in 2009, which drew an estimated 1.8 million people to the mall.


Thousands Rally on Steps of Idaho’s Capitol in the Snow

An estimated 5,000 people marched through the snow in Boise, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Nicole LeFavour, a former state senator, shared video of the crowd rallying on the steps of the Capitol building.


Anti-Trump Protesters Rally in Los Angeles

Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered near Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.

Among the marchers sharing views from the ground is David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression.



Marchers Fill the Streets of Washington

The march in Washington is now on its way to the park outside the White House known as the Ellipse.

Here’s video from Veit Medick, a Washington correspondent for the German magazine Spiegel.

Marchers Rally Near Trump Tower in New York

Jamie Stelter, a traffic reporter for New York 1, posted video on Twitter showing marchers chanting against Trump close to the barricades around Trump Tower.

Marchers Draw Attention to Other Targets of Trump’s Wrath

While Trump’s potential impact on women’s rights is the main focus of the rallies on Saturday, marchers are also drawing attention to the threat he poses to other groups, including disabled, LGBTQ, and undocumented Americans.


Erika Andiola, an undocumented Mexican-American and former press secretary for Bernie Sanders, was a featured speaker at the rally in Washington.

The rally was also addressed by Sophie Cruz, a 6-year-old from Los Angeles whose parents are undocumented Mexican immigrants.

Sophie drew international attention to the plight of her parents in 2015, when she handed Pope Francis a letter asking for his help in getting Congress to pass immigration reform during his visit to Washington.

Washington Protest Appears Larger Than Inaugural Crowd

Crowd sizes are notoriously difficult to estimate accurately, but there’s evidence that the protest in Washington on Saturday has been attended by far more people than Trump’s inauguration a day earlier.

CNN has a side-by-side comparison of what the National Mall looked like at 12:15 p.m. yesterday, as Trump delivered his baneful inaugural address, and at the same time today from a live webcam trained on the park.

The city’s transit authority, which noted that the number of riders on Friday was far lower than it had been for either of Barack Obama’s two inaugurals, reported on Saturday that ridership had spiked again.


Numbers in Chicago Overwhelm the Authorities

The turnout in Chicago has been so large that it overwhelmed the city’s ability to police a march. The organizers agreed to transform the gathering into a static rally, according to a police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi.

Zach Stafford of the Guardian reports that thousands of participants are now marching toward the city’s Trump Tower anyway.




“Love Not Hate, Makes America Great,” Chanted in Denver

Hillary Clinton Praises Marchers on Twitter

Senator Kamala Harris just addressed the rally in Washington, standing alongside other female leaders of the Democratic party, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Hillary Clinton’s name was on many lips, but she elected not to attend the march, electing instead to express her support on Twitter.

Clinton’s successor as secretary of state, John Kerry, was spotted in Washington.


Video Shows Thousands in St. Louis

From Interceptors in Washington and New York




Elizabeth Warren Speaks in Boston

An Interview With Naomi Klein

My colleague Jeremy Scahill just interviewed Naomi Klein on our Facebook live stream, near the site of the Women’s March on Washington.

Live Video From Washington

Here’s a live stream of the event in Washington from the Guardian, including speeches from the main rallying point:

Crowds Assemble Across the World







Top photo:Protesters attend the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington.

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