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Women March 2020: Thousands participated in rallies across the United States


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Women March 2020: Thousands of women participated in a march in downtown Washington, DC, and in other cities across the United States; Saturday, in support of women’s rights to encourage their political participation.

The agenda of Women March 2020 this year focuses on issues such as immigration, climate change and women’s rights, and the participants also held a model of a detention cage with a child-shaped doll in it as a symbol of US authorities holding children of immigrant children at the border.

Several thousand came out for the protest in Washington, far fewer than last year when about 100,000 people held a rally east of the White House. But as in previous years, many of the protesters made the trip to the nation’s capital from cities across the country to express their opposition to Trump and his policies. From their gathering spot on Freedom Plaza, they had a clear view down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, where the impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate next week.

The organizers of the rally from women’s rights groups add that one of its goals is also to combat violence against women and encourage them to run for senior positions and to enhance the turnout of women to vote in the upcoming elections.

The rally is organized annually in January since US President Donald Trump took office in early 2017, and the first march attracted about 500,000 women as it was considered the largest protest rally since the Vietnam War.

In downtown Los Angeles, thousands of men, women and children filled several blocks as they made their way from a plaza to a park adjacent to City Hall, where Women March 2020 featured speeches by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Maxine Waters and others.

Read also: US official urges Congress to tighten immigration restrictions

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