HUGE TURNOUT: Thousands of people participate in the Women's March in Washington to protest against new US President Donald Trump's divisive policies.
HUGE TURNOUT: Thousands of people participate in the Women's March in Washington to protest against new US President Donald Trump's divisive policies. MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Anti-Trump marches draw millions around the world

MILLIONS of people around the world have turned out for the Women's March to send new US President Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.

The main march and rally in Washington attracted a crowd far in excess of those at Mr Trump's inauguration on Friday.

Organisers had hoped that up to 200,000 people would come. In the end, officials estimated that 500,000 or more showed up, many wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussycats” to mock the new president,.

Celebrities who joined the Washington march included Madonna, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Alicia Keys among others.

"We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new President is waging a war,” actress America Ferrera said.

"Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay.”

The worldwide tidal wave against Mr Trump's divisive policies sparked the turnout in Washington and huge crowds in other cities across the US and the world expressing anger, disgust and defiance at the new President.

The number of "sister” marches around the world was expected to top 600. Organisers said that up to three million people would be involved globally.

Mr Trump and his chief spokesman launched an unprecedented assault on the media on Saturday on the US President's first full day in office, accusing the media of downplaying the crowd at his inauguration.

Mr Trump insisted against all evidence that he drew 1.5 million people to his Friday swearing-in ceremony.

"I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” he said.

The President said one network estimated turnout at 250,000.

"Now, that's not bad. But it's a lie,” he said.

"So we caught them

and we caught them in a beauty and I think they're going to pay a big price.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted journalists for "deliberately false reporting” on crowd size.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!” Mr Spicer said.

- INM, news.com.au



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