How People Worldwide Are Reacting to the Inauguration

Demonstrators flock to London's Tower Bridge, Berlin Wall to protest No. 45
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2017 7:33 AM CST
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Protesters hold a banner reading "Build Bridges Not Walls" from Tower Bridge in London to protest Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

As thousands descend on Washington to demonstrate against the inauguration of Donald Trump, protesters around the world are also voicing their take on the new US president. In London, demonstrators made metaphor literal at the city's Tower Bridge, where a banner proclaiming "Build Bridges Not Walls" was spread across the landmark just after dawn Friday, Reuters reports. As some of the protesters supplemented the banner placement by holding large pink letters spelling out "Act Now," a boat cruised along the Thames below sporting a similar "Build Bridges Not Walls" flag.

Other banners hung around the city included ones flung over Westminster Bridge near the UK's Palace of Westminster (where Parliament meets) that said, "Migrants welcome here" and "Migration is older than language." Reuters and the Irish Times note that similar signage protests are happening around the world, including a Greenpeace demonstration at the last standing segment of the Berlin Wall. (Read more London stories.)

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