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Protesters take over DC for counter-inauguration

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of America’s capital city over the weekend for a counter-inauguration protest.

Organisers estimated about half a million people participated in the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald Trump was sworn in.

Among them was Anita Adoba from Texas, who said she wanted the former reality TV star to know he was not her president.

The 51-year-old, who previously lived in Glasgow, added: “I’m here for the future of this country.

“I’m here because Trump’s America is not my America and it’s actually not America period.”

Alongside her was Cheryl McFarren from Ohio, who said the world needed to know that “love trumps hate”.

The 52-year-old theatre professor added: “We are here to put forward the majority’s agenda, which is love, rights, equality, fairness and co-operation.”

In November, President Trump won the Electoral College – the system used to determine the victor – but got nearly three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton.

Linda Stein from West Virginia, who also attended the march, said she believed people’s rights were being trampled over.

She added: “We need to stand up and protect our rights, protect public education, women’s health rights, abortion, access to safe contraception.

“I feel too that our elections are questionable. Only really rich people can run for office. It goes on and on.”

Cries of “this is what democracy looks like” and “whose body? My body” rang out at the event, which brought together people of all ages and from a range of backgrounds.

Some of the older protesters had been involved in the women’s movement in the 1960s.

One wore a sash with dozens of badges pinned to it, each representing a different march in which she had taken part.

The DC rally was supported by a host of celebrities, including Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson.

She said she wanted to be able to support the president, but added: “First I ask that you support me, support my mother, my best friend and all our girlfriends, support the men and women here today that are anxiously waiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives.”

Singers Madonna and Alicia Keys – who recited Maya Angelou’s poem “And Still I Rise” – were among the other famous names to participate.

In addition to the Washington gathering, marches were held in other US cities and around the globe in a show of solidarity.

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