Protesters dress as 'Handmaid's Tale' characters to protest VP Mike Pence

Protesters dress as 'Handmaid's Tale' characters to protest VP Mike Pence
Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 10:20:41-04

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” descended on downtown Philadelphia on Monday to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s visit.

They wore red cloaks and white bonnets and chanted “this nightmare must end.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” imagines a future in which women’s rights have been stripped away. Protesters said they are opposed to Trump administration policies on abortion rights, LGBT rights, immigration and other issues.

Pence spoke in the afternoon at an event promoting the administration’s tax-cutting law. He was later headlining a fundraiser for Rep. Lou Barletta, who is seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

The demonstrators said they were also protesting Barletta’s support of the Trump administration.

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