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Women’s March returns to the streets with aim to become political force

NEW YORK — Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

A protest in New York was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the world. By mid-morning, people gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Raleigh, North Carolina. In Philadelphia, many marchers wore pink cat-ear hats as a show of solidarity, while others carried signs stating opposition to Mr. Trump and his policies.

Mr. Trump, however, tweeted Saturday to encourage the protesters to celebrate the “historic milestones” and “wealth creation” since he was sworn into office last January.

The women’s march in Washington, D.C., had the feel of a political rally when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi urged women to run for office and vote. Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the rally at Lincoln Memorial and a march from the National Mall to Lafayette Park. 

Several hundred people also gathered in Palm Beach, Florida, carrying anti-Donald Trump signs as they prepared to march near the president’s Mar-a-Lago home on Florida’s east coast. A group of women wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale” marched in formation Saturday, their heads bowed.

Elsewhere around the U.S., people congregated in Houston; Richmond, Virginia; and Rhode Island. In Los Angeles, transportation officials were prepared for hundreds of thousands of marchers to descend on the city’s downtown. “It was…

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