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Photos: Despite blustery weather, thousands attend Women's March in Tucson

Despite cold winds and the threat of rain, thousands of people attended the Women's March and solidarity rally in downtown Tucson on Saturday, in conjunction with hundreds of events held nationwide, including a massive march in Washington D.C.

Held the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the event was created as a reaction to what organizers called "the rhetoric of the past election cycle" which has "insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us." 

"In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore," organizers wrote. "The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights."

In Tucson, the event began at Armory Park where several spoke, including Mayor Johnathan Rothschild and immigration activist Isabel Garcia, and then people streamed onto 6th Avenue where they marched along the street to Congress Street, before heading west to Stone Avenue and Jacome Plaze outside the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

The crowd of about 6,000 people grew during the short march across Downtown and as more people joined the rally at the library.

Organizers claimed more than 10,000 participated in the Tucson event. Tucson police told organizers that as many as 15,000 may have attended. TPD estimates of the numbers of people at previous large gatherings have at times been larger than TucsonSentinel.com's assessment of the number of participants.

Clad in jackets against the cold, dozens of women and a few men wore pink knit caps called "pussy hats." Capped with points to look like a cat's ears, the hats are sly reference to comments made by President Donald Trump, recorded in 2005 and uncovered during the election.

"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," Trump said. "Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything."

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Other people carried signs referencing the comments, as well as another comment made by Trump during one of the televised debates between him and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when he uttered that she was a "such a nasty woman."

Both phrases became rallying cries for protestors. While some women carried signs that said "this pussy grabs back" other women wore shirts and carried signs reading "proud to be a nasty woman."

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Jan 21, 2017, 11:54 pm
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Donald Trump will personally assassinate every single individual inside out borders, and do it all while simultaneously blowing Vladimir Putin. Or, at least that’s what I’m expecting these types to claim next.

My biggest regret in life is not buying stock in a tin-foil hat company about two years ago. This shit is getting completely out of hand. It is just noise at this point. Enough already…

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Deborah Serman, 67, and Marsha Willey, 64, hold a sign reading 'pussy hat power' during the Women's March in Tucson.