Thousands of people have began to gather at Pershing Square in downtown for Women’s March Los Angeles Saturday, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president. Nearly 100,000 people have RSVPd to the event’s Facebook page. Demonstrations are taking place across the country and worldwide, with the largest occurring in Washington, D.C. Organizers of the national event hope to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that […]

via Thousands Gather for Women’s March Los Angeles in Nearly 100,000 people have RSVPd to the event’s Facebook page.

Demonstrations are taking place across the country and worldwide, with the largest occurring in Washington, D.C.

Organizers of the national event hope to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,” according to their mission statement. “We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

Participants of the local event began to gather at Pershing Square early Saturday and were expected to march to City Hall.

Traffic in the downtown area will likely be impacted by the event, which is expected to end about 4 p.m., and several streets in the area will be closed.

Los Angeles Police officers will be out in full force. Law enforcement sources told the Los Pershing Square — KTLA