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Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

Protesters in the United States and around the world are joining marches Saturday to raise awareness of women’s rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump’s presidency.

The key focus of the day is the Women’s March on Washington, which organizers say could attract a quarter of a million participants.

But there are also hundreds of “sister marches” planned around the United States, with some of the biggest expected in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

And women and men in cities around the world — including Sydney, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Cape Town, South Africa — are also marching in solidarity and in opposition to the values they think Trump represents.

Australia was the scene of the first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump protest in
Organizers said up to 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000.

Chants from the crowd included “women united will never be defeated” and “when women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.” Some carried banners with messages such as “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower” and “Dump the Trump.”

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