Image: photograph taken by Jessica Mincher for Catalogue.
2016 was a bad year. And while it may be over now, the world’s feeling like a weirder place for it.
Early on Saturday morning Australian time, Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Yep, it’s really happening. During his inauguration speech, Trump stated that his presidency had “special meaning” to Americans. “Today,” he said, “we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, but we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”
The people, however, have something else to say. Trump’s inauguration struggled to draw even a third of the audience Barack Obama’s historic inauguration in 2008 drew. Hundreds of thousands of women protested the events at the Women’s March on Washington. The protests against Trump’s inauguration quickly spread around the world with 51 countries demonstrating in solidarity, including marches in Sydney and Melbourne.
When the Women’s March Melbourne started at 1pm on Saturday, the State Library lawn was covered in people. According to police reports and the ABC, over 5000 protestors showed up. Pink pussyhats were everywhere, alongside signs with bold slogans like ‘Love Trumps Hate’, ‘Fight Like a Girl’ and ‘#BlackLivesMatter’.