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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Women's March Returns to DC amid Shutdown and Controversy


7Dnews London

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:01 GMT

The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid freezing weather, ideological differences and the longest government shutdown in US history.

The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters. This year, organizers submitted a permit application estimating up to 500,000 people, but the actual turnout is expected to be far lower. Parallel marches will be held in dozens of US cities.

Organizers had originally planned to gather Saturday 19th January on the National Mall, but the march's location and route was altered this week to start at Freedom Plaza and march down Pennsylvania Avenue past the Trump International Hotel.

This year's march has also been rocked by an intense ideological debate. In November, Teresa Shook, one of the movement's founders, publicly accused the four main leaders of the national march organization of anti-semitism. The four march organizers have denied the charge, and decided to hold a parallel rally in New York on Saturday a few blocks away from the official New York Women's March protest.

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