Expats worldwide join 600 anti Trump Womens Marches

Published:  23 Jan at 6 PM
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In perhaps the largest mass protest the world has ever seen, an estimated two million plus women, their partners and children marched against Trump in over 60 countries.

In a multinational rejection of Trump’s stance on womens’ rights, immigrants, multiculturalism, racism and pacifism, as many as 2.2 million people took to the streets everywhere from major world cities to small backwoods towns to get their message of total rejection across to the new US President. Expat women living and working outside their home countries as well as famous media and entertainment stars swelled the crowds of marchers, all of whom paraded their determination to resist Trump’s policies for as long as it takes.

The Washington event was one of the biggest protests ever seen in the city, dwarfing the numbers who attended the inauguration ceremony. Estimates range from 700,000 to a million marchers, and the London march to the US Embassy drew some 100,000. Even in Thailand, where political gatherings are illegal since the military coup, two small groups gathered in a Bangkok eatery and a public park in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

The message was the same across the world – ‘womens’ rights are human rights’, with Hillary Clinton giving her support for the movement via Twitter. In Sydney, many thousands marched In Hyde Park and, in a display which demonstrated how all-embracing the movement has become, a group of 30 women on an expedition ship in Antarctica’s Paradise Bay held their own protest with slogans such as ‘Penguins for Peace’, ‘Cormorants for Climate and ‘Love from Seven Continents’.

Sadly, and perhaps indicative of things to come, a group of Canadian women and two French nationals travelling from Montreal to attend the New York march weren’t able to be there. On arriving at the USA border in their cars, they were upfront about their purpose, resulting in their being refused entry, pulled over and searched along with their cars and mobile phones, with the two French expats told entry to the USA was denied and a visa would be required for future visits. The group were forced to return home after being threatened with arrest if they tried to cross the border again. Others heading for the inauguration and march have reported similar treatment, including being questioned on their political views.
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