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“Rainbows, unicorns, bridges. Not walls”

 
Thousands rallied in Copenhagen in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, and to draw attention to the need to fight for minority rights

It was a grey and foggy morning the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. But thousands had still gathered outside the US Embassy on Dag Hammerskjolds Allé for the Women’s March Copenhagen.

The marchers were young and old, black and white, and represented a range of faiths and sexual orientations. Mothers brought their daughters, and some brought their granddaughters too.

They marched with their partners, sons and friends, who supported the issues that launched The Women’s March on Washington, which was happening on the same day.

The Washington march was announced in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President, and the divisive language and policies he is associated with – from building a wall with Mexico, to boasting about sexually assaulting women.

Protests around the world were soon announced in solidarity with the march on Washington. The Copenhagen march was one of 673 taking place on seven continents across the globe – representing a global campaign of protest on a range of issues related to reproductive rights, immigration and civil rights.

“It’s about women’s rights and is not an anti-Trump movement,” said Lesley-Ann Brown, one of the organisers behind the march in Copenhagen.

“But it is inspired by the rhetoric that has been used during the election campaign. Nationalist, racist and misogynistic trends are growing worldwide and threaten the most marginalised groups in our societies including women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.”

Homemade banners declared a variety of stances. One banner read “This pussy grabs back ‘, while another stated “Get your tiny hands off our fundamental rights”.

One woman was selling hand-knitted pink ‘pussy hats’ to raise money for Planned Parenthood – an American organisation that offers a range of sexual health services to women and which now risks losing its funding under Trump.

Many of the participants were from the US, among them 38-year-old Casey Blond and her six-year-old daughter.

“I’m marching for my fellow Americans in Washington and for my sisters all over the world,” Casey said.

Her daughter looked on. She had her own banner, which declared: “Rainbows, unicorns, bridges. Not walls’. M

 

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By Aleksander Klug

A freelance visual journalist and political correspondent. Aleksander reports on social justice issues and European politics. @aleksander_klug

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