Thousands of women, mostly young and wearing masks, demonstrated in the capital and other U.S. cities on Saturday to urge voters to turn their backs on President Donald Trump and other Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 election. .
The mobilization, the most recent since the massive women’s march the day after Trump’s presidential inauguration in January 2017, took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, for which participants were asked to wear face covers and respect social distancing.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, began the protest by asking the participants to keep their distance from each other and noted that the only super-spreading event of the coronavirus would be one that took place recently in the White House.
O’Leary Carmona mentioned the power of women to end Trump’s presidency.
“His presidency began with a women’s march and now it will end with the vote of women. Period, ”he added.
“Vote for the future of your daughters,” read a message among the sea of posters carried by the participants. “Fight like a woman,” read another.
The protests took place in dozens of other cities, from New York to San Francisco, in opposition to Trump and his policies, especially the attempt to fill the vacancy of Supreme Court Minister Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the elections.
A social distancing march was held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, outside the dormitory where Bader Ginsburg lived as a student.
In New York, a protester wearing a Donald Trump mask stood next to a statue of George Washington in Federal Hall during the women’s march outside the New York Stock Exchange.
“We Disagree,” read a poster of a young woman wearing a red mask and small portraits of the liberal Supreme Court minister, whose death on Sept. 18 caused Republicans to rush to replace her with a conservative judge.
Several people in masks gathered peacefully under sunny skies on the steps of City Hall in Portland, Oregon, to sing and listen to the speakers. One of them spoke out for racial justice and an end to police brutality.
In Washington, protesters began with a rally in Freedom Square, then marched to the Capitol and ended up in front of the Supreme Court, where they were met by a small number of anti-abortion activists.
Lynn Berry and Jose Luis Magana in Washington; Robert Bumsted in New York and Martha Bellisle in Seattle contributed to this report.
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