WASHINGTON: As the Donald Trump took over as 45th President of United States,
demonstrations against his inauguration held across the globe.
Police pepper sprayed crowds clashing outside the “DeploraBall” held by the
incoming President’s supporters in Washington.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the National Press Club in Washington,
booing ball-goers coming in and out of the event in tuxedos and dresses. Hollywood
stars including Julianne Moore, Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin made speeches at
a large protest outside the Trump International Hotel in New York.
Demonstrations took an angrier tone in the Philippines, where protesters burned
an American flag outside the US embassy in Manila.
More than 200 activists called for an end to American troops in the country, demanding
President Rodrigo Duterte keeps his promise of charting a foreign policy independent of the US.
Hundreds of protesters, most of them expatriate Americans, held an anti-Trump protest in Tokyo.
Some people held up electric candles and others carried placards reading
“Love Trump’s Hate” and “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”, as they marched
along a central street.
Palestinians have also been alarmed by the prospect of Mr Trump’s presidency after he spoke out against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Hundreds of protesters waving Palestinian flags took to the streets of the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, while more Palestinians protested near the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim on Friday.
They were voicing their opposition to Mr Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is split between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and claimed by both as the capital.
His choice for Israeli ambassador is David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who has raised millions of dollars for the Beit El settlement, while the foundation run by the family of Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has also supported Beit El.
Mr Trump himself has donated money to a Jewish seminary in there through his foundation and invited a settler group, the Yesha Council, to his inauguration.
In London, a banner was unfurled on Tower Bridge ahead of Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday, reading: “Act now! Build bridges not walls”.
Protests were staged in a number of British cities, including London, Edinburgh, Brighton and Manchester. Anti-trump campaigners marched to the US Consulate later on Friday.