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Women take to streets against Donald Trump in Washington, many countries

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into Washington to march against President Donald Trump, a day after the Republican took office, as demonstrations also took place in cities across the world.

Women and men of all ages took to the streets of Washington, DC, rallying around issues like women’s rights, reproductive rights and immigration.

Protesters held signs like “Women’s rights are human rights”, “Break down walls, don’t build them”, and “Hell hath no fury as a nasty woman scorned”, referencing the time Trump called his opponent Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during a debate.  The march brought parts of Washington, DC to a standstill for hours.

More than half a million people also took to the streets of Los Angeles, according to police there, and a similar number gathered in New York. Other marches took place in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco,  Denver,  St Louis and elsewhere.

Demonstrations against Trump were also held in Australia, the UK, Germany, Japan and France, among others.

In Kenya, hundreds of protesters in Nairobi’s Karura Forest waved placards and sang American protest songs. In Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, about 3,000 men and women gathered for a rally in Hyde Park before marching on the US consulate downtown, while organisers said 5,000 people rallied in Melbourne.

In Japan, hundreds of people joined protests in Tokyo, including many American expatriates.

Protest organisers in the UK said more than 100,000 packed London’s Trafalgar Square, chanting “dump Trump” and waving banners demanding equal rights.

Around 2,000 people marched in Vienna  but sub-zero temperatures quickly thinned the crowd to a couple of hundred.

In Stockhom, the Swedish capital, several thousand people gathered to express support for women’s rights and human rights, and in solidarity with the demonstrations in the US.