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Organizers Say Women’s Anti-Trump March Will Go on

Group blocked from Lincoln Memorial, but group says it will happen ‘near the Capitol’ the day after inauguration

Thousands converged in 2013 to march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The planned women’s march to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration won’t be in front of the Lincoln Memorial as planned, but organizers say it will go on somewhere near the Capitol.

The planned Women’s March on Washington quickly went viral in the day’s after Trump’s election, calling on women to gather at the Lincoln Memorial on the day after the inauguration. Organizers’ Facebook page shows 227,000 people interested in attending and 138,000 people listed as saying they’re going.

But the National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, secured much of the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, and Pennsylvania Avenue for the inauguration, the Guardian reported.

The Facebook page still shows the Lincoln Memorial as the site, but an update on organizers’ website says only that the march will be “near the Capitol” and that “Professional organizers are working with all relevant agencies and there should not be any issues with securing necessary permits.”

Cassady Fendlay, a spokeswoman for the event, told the Guardian that the group had no issues with the permit process.

“We have secured another location,” she said, but did not disclose the location.

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