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Thousands take part in Seattle Women's March 2.0

Marchers gather at Cal Anderson Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- Tens of thousands of marchers headed for Seattle Center on Saturday morning for the Seattle Women's March 2.0.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at the rally at Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park before marchers began heading downtown.

She tweeted, "It's inspiring to see so many of you out here for the second year in a row. This was the year of action - we marched, we organized, we ran, and we won. It's the greatest honor to be the mayor of this amazing city, filled with so many incredible people!"

From Capitol Hill, the marchers filled the streets as they passed by downtown buildings.

The march then headed to its final destination at Seattle Center.

There was plenty of enthusiasm and hope on Saturday.

"I think today represents the next step in activism," organizer Jannine Brunyee said. "All the people coming out here today because they have something they want to say."

The hope of the march was to engage and empower all people to support women's rights, racial equity, and human rights, according to organizers. Organizers said this year, they also wanted to encourage people to discuss the #metoo movement.

The event Saturday also prompted a counterprotest by the Patriot Prayer group. And police made at least one arrest for a person accused of assaulting an officer, Seattle police confirmed.

Last year's Seattle Women's March brought an estimated 175,000 participants.


A Women's March on Olympia Rally was also held Saturday in the state capitol. There was also a march in Bellingham and Port Townsend.


Outside of the state, Women's marches were held across the country including Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago.





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