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Women’s March on Chico caps two days of local protests in response to inauguration

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It’s official. Last Friday (Jan. 20), real estate magnate and reality TV personality Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. The new administration has already released a set of “alternative facts” to contest the reality that attendance at Trump’s swearing-in ceremony was much lower than it has been in recent years, and the new POTUS seems unmoved by large-scale Inauguration Day protests that took place world-wide on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21).

Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches across the country are being hailed as the largest single day of protest in American history, with conservative estimates reporting that more than 2.6 million people participated. Locally, thousands flocked to the Chico City Plaza. March organizers estimated at least 3,000 people attended the event, which City Councilman Randall Stone called “the largest [political] gathering I’ve seen in my 23 years in Chico.”

Additionally, many locals traveled to Women’s Marches in Sacramento and beyond.

—CN&R staff