>> We are here today because we stand with the majority of Americans.>> Thousands of people are protesting across the UK and around the world as Donald Trump takes up the post of President of the United States. Globally there are over 500 protests planned over the weekend. I'm Reuters Emily Wither at one of the protests here in London outside the US Embassy.
One of the posters I've seen says that special relationship between the UK and America is now over. People have been speaking to say that they're out to protest against the politics of hate and misogyny. The atmosphere is very different to when President Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Back then there was a feeling of optimism and excitement, that America had elected its first black president.
Fast forward and there is fear and uncertainty. The arrival of Trump has highlighted the growing divisions within European society, as people turn more inwards, and the rise of far right politics is on the march across the continent.>> What we're seeing is a rise of right wing populism both in Britain with the Brexit, with the probability of Le Pen coming into the presidency in France.
>> Trump shows us what the real kind of grotesque extent of what the ego can do and of what capitalist markets can do. And that's coming to be something that we see reflected here in Brexit.>> He's following the same principles of blaming migrants, of blaming poor people of all different shapes and colors for the economic crisis.
Same as what Theresa May is doing here.>> On Saturday, thousands of women will march in 14 cities across the UK. And while organizers say they've taken inspiration from the Women's March planned in Washington they say the arrival of Trump is just the catalyst. Some other reasons being given for going out onto the streets is Brexit and the refugee crisis.