The controversy and the closure of the government greeted the protesters who met on the cold Saturday of Washington for the third annual National Women's March.
The event, which began near the Freedom Plaza blocks from the White House, attracted thousands, a number much smaller than the hundreds of thousands who descended on the National Mall for the first Women's March, the day after the opening of Donald Trump in 2017.
A National Park permit issued on Thursday anticipated a crowd of 10,000, the Washington Post reported. Weeks ago, the organizers anticipated a multitude of several hundred thousand in a permit application.
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Sister marches in other cities include one in New York City. The Representative of the Bronx, Alejandría Ocasio-Cortez, spoke at that march. She was also expected to attend a "Women's Unity Rally" in downtown Manhattan.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, speaks during a march organized by the Women's March Alliance in the Manhattan district of New York City, USA. UU., January 19, 2019.
"Last year we brought power to the polls, and this year we must make sure we translate that power into politics," said Ocasio-Cortez at the New York Women's March at Columbus Circle. "That means we will not let anyone take away our rights, in fact, we will expand them."
She told the crowd that it also meant working to pbad an Equal Rights Amendment.
This year's Women's March has been affected by the accusations of anti-Semitism that have followed the organizers of the group. Two of them, Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist who has embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and Co-Chair Tamika Mallory, have been criticized for their links to the Nation of Islam brand of fire, Louis Farrakhan.
Protest march on Pennsylvania Ave. during the Women's March in Washington on Saturday.
(AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)
Mallory recently refused to condemn Farrakhan for inflammatory comments about Jews during a February speech he attended.
As a result, the Democratic National Committee withdrew as a sponsor of the Women's March.
The original plan for Saturday required a meeting at the National Mall, but with snow and freezing rain on the forecast and the National Park Service is no longer plowing snow due to the closure, the location and the route of the march were modified this week to start at Freedom Plaza and march down Pennsylvania Avenue past the Trump International Hotel.
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Near Freedom Plaza, protesters wore charred that were playful and pointed, such as "Wonder Woman with a pink hat", "Our rights are real" and "Protect women", according to the Post.
Protesters hold their banners as they march on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington on Saturday.
(AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)
A small group of anti-protesters, surrounded by DC police, marched to the Trump International Hotel with signs saying "America needs to bless God", "abortion is murder" and "Islam is a religion of blood and murder, "reads reported
Shannon Lydon, a recent graduate of Boston College, told NBC News that she was excited to attend the Women's March in Washington.
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"It's such a movement, and it's so powerful to be around so many people who celebrate women and fight for change," he said.