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PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of people are taking part in the Women’s March on Philadelphia a day after Republican Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.

Marchers held signs, chanted and sang as they walked slowly down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday in an event being held in solidarity with similar demonstrations taking place in Washington and around the nation.

Organizers in Philadelphia called it a demonstration in support of the rights of women and America’s diverse communities following a presidential election in which they say many groups were demonized. They say the marches are intended to unify the diverse communities in an effort to protect the rights of all.

Marchers in Philadelphia started at Logan Square and were heading a half-mile down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to hold a rally at Eakins Oval.

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