US expats across Europe to hold Womens Marches against Trump

Published:  18 Jan at 6 PM
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Tagged: USA, Citizenship, Italy, Euro
Inspired by the upcoming massive Womens’ March in Washington scheduled for the day after the inauguration, expat US citizens across Europe are holding their own versions.

Spanish marches are being held in Madrid, Barcelona, Grenada and Valencia, beginning with Inauguration Day protests in Valencia and Madrid. Barcelona and Grenada’s Womens’ Marches will take place a day later, with all the protests forming part of almost 400 ‘Sister Marches’ happening across the globe. The Valencia expat community are also calling for a peaceful demonstration in front of the US consular building.

From Meetup groups through Facebook and expat forums, details of these and other protests are being spread throughout American expat communities across Europe and beyond. In Rome, a protest march will be held on 21st, intended as a show of solidarity on behalf of human and civil rights. London, Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen and Geneva will all see protest marches at the end of this week, with the global effort far from being exclusively about the Trump presidency.

The events are being supported by 200 progressive groups concerned over issues as diverse as voting rights, racial equality, legal abortion, affordable healthcare and the planet’s precious environment. In an interview with the English language expat newspaper The Local, Rome’s march organiser Elizabeth Farren said its relevance in Italy is important, as the country isn’t immune from the populist sentiment which elected Trump to the world’s top job. She added all of the protests are being held to demonstrate that people with progressive values cannot and will not be ignored.

A press release by the organisers of the Geneva march states Trump’s successful US election campaign has threatened, demonised and insulted huge numbers of people as well as deepening divisions in both Europe and America. The march will send a message to the Trump organisation that attacks on gained rights and freedoms will not be accepted.

All Women’s Marches will welcome partners, husbands and children of the women themselves, with organisers across Europe hoping the protests will spur the creation of a grassroots movement dedicated to preserving hard-won rights in the face of right-wing prejudice, racism and sexism. The mere fact that, not just in the USA but also across Europe and elsewhere, Trump’s election has mobilised so many people should give hope that all that’s been won will not be lost by the will of one powerful man.
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