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Furloughed federal workers protest Trump’s government shutdown

Hundreds of furloughed federal employees chanting “we want to work” gathered for a union-led march to the White House on Thursday, the 20th day of a partial government shutdown over President Trump’s demand for border wall funding.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, shutdown’s got to go” protesters shouted as they assembled in the bitter cold outside of the AFL-CIO union headquarters, hoisting signs reading “Trump: End the Shutdown,” “Reopen Govt” and “Let Me Do My Job.”

Some 800,000 federal government employees have been ordered to stay home or work without pay during the shutdown brought on by a standoff between Trump and Democrats in Congress over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the southern U.S. border.

Trump, in a 2016 presidential campaign promise, repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for the wall. But he has said he will not sign any bill to reopen the government that does not provide wall funding.

Federal government workers and other demonstrators march during a “Rally to End the Shutdown” in Washington, D.C., Jan.10, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Protesters, many wearing neon green vests reading, “I am a worker. I demand a voice,” on Thursday demanded that the government be reopened, separate from any debate over wall funding.

“We want our pay! We want our pay! We want our pay!” shouted government employees and contractors bundled against the cold in knitted hats and scarves as they gathered for the march.

In its third week, the shutdown of about a quarter of the federal government is the second longest since the mid-1970s. Trump has said it could continue for months or even years. (Reuters)

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Here’s a look at protests in Washington and other cities around the nation:

Union workers demonstrate against the government shutdown on Jan. 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Union members and Internal Revenue Service workers rally outside an IRS Service Center to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Covington, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Union workers demonstrate against the government shutdown on Jan. 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Government workers rally against the partial government shutdown at Federal Plaza, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Chicago. The partial government shutdown continues to drag on with hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job or working without pay as the border wall fight persists. (Photo: Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Federal government employees, contract workers and other demonstrators march during a “Rally to End the Shutdown” in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Union members and Internal Revenue Service workers rally outside an IRS Service Center to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Covington, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

A demonstrator holds a sign, signifying hundreds of thousands of federal employees who won’t be receiving their paychecks as a result of the partial government shutdown, during a “Rally to End the Shutdown” in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Government workers rally against the partial government shutdown at Federal Plaza, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo: Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Union members and Internal Revenue Service workers rally outside an IRS Service Center to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Covington, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin joins U.S. federal government workers and other demonstrators during a “Rally to End the Shutdown” outside the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan.10, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Government workers rally against the partial government shutdown at Federal Plaza, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo: Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Furloughed federal workers, joined by elected officials, protest the federal government shutdown during a non-partisan rally at Independence Mall, in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jenn Hallam demonstrated against the partial government shutdown on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Furloughed federal workers, joined by elected officials, protest the federal government shutdown during a non-partisan rally at Independence Mall, in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

 

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