Protesters marched through the street near a security checkpoint in Washington, January 20, 2017. Thousands of women are gathering in the US capital on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for a protest march against Trump on their first full day at Functions. Jose Luis Magana AP Photo

Thousands of women focusing upon Washington this Saturday for a show of strength on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The organizers of the Women’s March over Washington are expecting a crowd of more than 200,000 people, a figure that compares favorably with that of those attending the Trump inauguration ceremony.

Participants are “offended and scared” by the new president and want a greater voice for women in political life, according to the organizers’ statement.

What Women want.

“In the spirit of democracy and in homage to human rights champions, the dignity and justice that preceded us, we unite in our diversity to show our presence in numbers too big to ignore,” the statement said.

There were demonstrations by women and various groups throughout the country and abroad.

In Sydney Australia, thousands of people marched in solidarity through Hyde Park in the city.

One leader said that “hatred, prejudice and racism are not unique to the United States”.

On the eve of the protest in Washington, which included a morning rally and an afternoon march, protesters lit bonfires and threw bricks in a series of clashes that triggered more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to keep the chaos from spreading to the inaugural parade and the evening parties.

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