HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — People from all over Connecticut gathered for the Women’s March on Hartford as similar rallies were held in Washington and other cities across the country and world in the aftermath of Republican President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“It was amazing,” said Lily Brin of Pomfret. “I thought there were going to be way less people than there are here.”
The crowd rallied outside the Connecticut State Capitol on Saturday. It included many women wearing pink cat-eared knit hats and people holding signs saying “Build Bridges Not Walls” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights.” Capitol Police estimate 10,000 people attended.
“This is a march for women’s rights and I think everyone should be created equal,” said Louella Flanagan, also of Pomfret.
The message was about nonviolence, love and pushing for change.
“[My sign says], ‘You Can Have Your Wall But My Generation Will Tear It Down’ and it’s just saying that I think we can overcome and my generation will build up,” said Rori Mackenzie of Pomfret.
However, it wasn’t just women who attended. There were many men in the group; they were there to support women and to give their children a message.
“I wanted to bring my two boys to show them that basically there are a lot of people that are opposed to the rhetoric and the vitriol that Trump is spreading,” said Greg Semenza of Storrs.
Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said in a tweet the protesting remained peaceful all day and there were no arrests.
Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy said it was people’s obligation to love one another and protect each other’s rights. He said the protests on Saturday were an “expression of outrage” at Republican efforts to close Planned Parenthood, limit reproductive rights and deny climate change, among other issues.
Speakers encouraged the group to be active and to keep pushing for change – even after the rally was over.
“I still think there’s hope,” said Nancy Johnson of West Hartford. “I think if we come together, if we unify and if there’s solidarity, then we can make things happen.”