Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes. Many also demonstrated against President Donald Trump, who was the target of many signs and effigies.
Dubbed the Women’s March Northeast Ohio, the event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back. The march temporarily tied up traffic near the Cleveland Convention Center, which was hosting Tribe Fest and the Cleveland Tattoo Arts Expo.
Millions of women marched in cities across the country one year ago to protest President Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 15,000 people participated in last year’s march at Public Square. This year, millions of people again turned out around the country but fewer people participated in Cleveland’s event than they did last year, according to an early estimate by Cleveland police.