Thousands of Donald Trump opponents demonstrated in the United States on Saturday to protest the appointment to the Supreme Court of a conservative judge and the billionaire’s re-election. More than 100,000 demonstrators were counted.
Magistrate Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, has been nominated to replace progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died September 18, and the US president is banking on the Republican majority in the Senate to validate his choice ahead of the November 3 election .
More than 100,000 people were expected, according to the organizers of the “Women’s March 2020”, in the 430 processions scattered from New York to Los Angeles and from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
The protests are inspired by those that have taken place every year since 2017 and which have brought together millions of protesters.
Crowd reduced due to pandemic
In Washington, if the crowd was small due to the pandemic, several thousand people had joined the procession at the beginning of the afternoon which passed before the Supreme Court and the American Congress.In Washington, demonstrators donned the costume of “The Scarlet Handmaid” [Daniel Slim – AFP]
A group of demonstrators wore the red tunic and white bonnet from “The Scarlet Handmaid”, a novel that describes an America transformed into a patriarchal dictatorship where some women become sex slaves.
Others wore the famous white ruff and black tunic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nicknamed “RBG”, champion of the cause of women, a judge’s hammer in hand.
In New York, where five different demonstrations were planned, around 300 demonstrators gathered in Washington Square, wearing pink caps or carrying posters supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, or in memory of “RBG”.
“It’s really important to be here and encourage people to vote against Donald Trump and his misogynistic policies,” said a protester, denouncing a hasty appointment by Judge Barrett and a “thoughtless political gesture” to two weeks before the poll and while Joe Biden is leading the polls.
“Our fundamental rights are threatened by this president and this government, our right to abortion is attacked”, explained another protester, denouncing an “abuse of power” by the president.
Honoring the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In Brooklyn, Justice Ginsburg’s hometown, the rally was attended by nearly 400 people.
“This demonstration really wants to honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and oppose the nomination of her replacement when the election has already started” with the early voting, explained Lia Minkoff, the organizer of this rally.
“I want people to think that we can still make a difference in these last days,” she added, while the presidential election is in 17 days.
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