Sweden: More than a thousand gathered in Stockholm’s central Norrmalmstorg in a peaceful protest against the inauguration of US reality TV star Donald Trump as US president. The march, was arranged, amongst others, by Amnesty International, Svenska Freds, the Woman’s International League for Peace and fFeedom, and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL).
After the speeches, the protesters planned to march to the US embassy.
The women brandished signs with messages such as “Women won’t back down” and “Less fear more love” and decried Trump’s stand on such issues as abortion, health care, diversity and climate change. The message reverberated at demonstrations around the globe, from Paris and Berlin to Sydney and beyond.
In Washington D.C, there were early signs that the crowds in Washington could top those that gathered for Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Local officials told that organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are more than doubled their turnout estimate to 500,000 as crowds began swelling and subways into the city became clogged with participants. It wasn’t just a Washington phenomenon and it wasn’t just women: More than 600 “sister marches” were planned across the country and around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau, too. Organizers estimated 3 million would march worldwide.