Thursday 21 September 2017

Celebrities set to join women's march after Donald Trump inauguration

*About 200,000 people expected to march today
*Marches planned across US and in major cities around the world
*Katy Perry, Scarlett Johannsson and Amy Schumer expected

Thousands file through the streets during the Women's March in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Protesters at the Women's March rally carried placards with slogans including
Thousands file through the streets during the Women's March in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Protesters at the Women's March rally carried placards with slogans including "Women of the world resist," ''Feminism is my trump card" and "Fight like a girl." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Police officers pepper spray a group of protestors before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSONZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images
Participants of a rally regarding women's rights hold placards as they march in Wellington, New Zealand, January 21, 2017 the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Joshua Gimblett/Handout via REUTER
A woman wearing a pink protest hat, symbol of the anti-Trump women's march, holds a sign that reads "Black Muslim lives matter" during an anti U.S. President Donald Trump protest outside the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 20, 2017. " REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A woman wear a pink protest hat, symbol of the anti-Trump women's march, during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 20, 2017. The signs read "No to Trump - Leftist socialist (party)" REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
U.S. Rep. Jackie" Speier (C) and another woman wear their pink protest hats, symbols of the anti-Trump women's march, as people gather prior to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration as the nation's 45th president in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
People protest in solidarity with the Women's March in Washington at the same time as the U.S. Presidential inauguration, in Brussels on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Diana Angus of the north side of Columbus holds a sign she made at home before the start of the Women's March on Washington - Ohio Sister March in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

David Mercer

Tens of thousands of women will march on Washington DC on Saturday after violent protests erupted on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

About 200,000 people including celebrities Katy Perry, Scarlett Johannsson and Amy Schumer are expected to take part in the event to promote women's rights in the wake of the US election result.

The demonstration comes after more than 200 people were arrested in the US capital on Friday as activists vandalised shops and cars and clashed with police.

The Washington march organisers said: "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonised, and threatened many of us.

Participants of a rally regarding women's rights hold placards as they march in Wellington, New Zealand, January 21, 2017 the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Joshua Gimblett/Handout via REUTER
Participants of a rally regarding women's rights hold placards as they march in Wellington, New Zealand, January 21, 2017 the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Joshua Gimblett/Handout via REUTER

"The women's march on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights."

Women's marches are being planned in places across America including Los Angeles and Park City, Utah, while similar events will be staged in London and Edinburgh.

A woman wearing a pink protest hat, symbol of the anti-Trump women's march, holds a sign that reads
A woman wearing a pink protest hat, symbol of the anti-Trump women's march, holds a sign that reads "Black Muslim lives matter" during an anti U.S. President Donald Trump protest outside the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 20, 2017. " REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Many of the women in Washington will be wearing pink knitted hats with cat ears - a reference to comments made by Mr Trump in a 2005 leaked video in which he bragged about grabbing women's genitals.

Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman said she will take part in the Washington march with her two daughters, her sister and her niece.

U.S. Rep. Jackie
U.S. Rep. Jackie" Speier (C) and another woman wear their pink protest hats, symbols of the anti-Trump women's march, as people gather prior to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration as the nation's 45th president in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

She told the Press Association: "I feel that the election was somewhat of a feminist issue. I feel like the best of us was bested by not the best of them."

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, who is helping organise the Washington protest, and Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette will also take part in the event.

People protest in solidarity with the Women's March in Washington at the same time as the U.S. Presidential inauguration, in Brussels on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
People protest in solidarity with the Women's March in Washington at the same time as the U.S. Presidential inauguration, in Brussels on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

On Friday, police used smoke grenades and fired tear gas to disperse a large group of protesters in Washington, some of whom had thrown bricks at the officers.

A limousine was set alight outside the Washington Post's office, while an American flag was thrown on a fire which had started by demonstrators.

Diana Angus of the north side of Columbus holds a sign she made at home before the start of the Women's March on Washington - Ohio Sister March in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Diana Angus of the north side of Columbus holds a sign she made at home before the start of the Women's March on Washington - Ohio Sister March in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Scuffles also broke out when protesters blocked routes into Mr Trump's inauguration ceremony before he took the oath.

Washington DC police chief Peter Newsham said 217 arrests had been made and six officers were injured during the violence, including three who were hit in the head by flying objects.

There were also reports of disorder at a protest in Chicago after large crowds gathered near the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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