With hundreds of thousands of women marching worldwide against the new “grab-them-by the-pussy” President of the United States, demonstrations in Portugal were a much more muted affair.
In Lisbon, the Marcha das Mulheres mustered not much more than 100 women outraged by the prospect that for the next four years the man in charge of the nuclear codes not only thinks he can grab women by their genitals but apparently has “no attention span”, either.
As Trump’s ghostwriter Tony Schwartz told the New Yorker some months ago: “If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time.”
But nuclear codes were not the focus of today’s protests throughout the world: women were much more upset about what they fear will be a return to caveman politics that has no room for the niceties of gender and racial equality, environmental concerns or indeed human rights.
The Guardian newspaper claims that “women hate Trump so much they are even marching against him in Antarctica” – normally the reserve of “gentoo penguins, Weddell seals and the occasional humpback whale”.
Here gatherings were called in Lisbon, Coimbra, Braga and Faro – though at 7pm today there was little to be reported about them.
They are unlikely to have caused much of a stir as people here, though filled with trepidation, feel that thankfully the United States is still a long way away.
PHOTO: Reuters/ Raphael Marchante