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Tens of thousands marched against racism in London

Protesters reacted to New Zealand terror attacks, which killed almost 50

Ahmet Gurhan Kartal   | 16.03.2019
Tens of thousands marched against racism in London People gather to stage a demonstration against the twin terror attacks in New Zealand mosques, islamophobia, antisemitism and racism in London, United Kingdom on March 16, 2019. ( Tayfun Salcı - Anadolu Agency )

LONDON

Tens of thousands of people gathered in central London on Saturday to protest Islamophobia, antisemitism and racism. 

The rally organized by Stand Up to Racism platform was also attended by Muslim NGOs and other anti-racist groups in the wake of the terror attacks that killed scores of people in mosques in New Zealand.

The rally, originally planned on the occasion of UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, saw more than 10,000 people march from Hyde Park to government offices located in Downing Street.

The protesters gave messages of solidarity with Muslims following Friday terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The organizers said in a web statement that "the horrific terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch has shocked the world and further raised the alarm of far-right terrorism."

"As we march for UN Anti-Racism Day against racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and fascism, we will stop at the New Zealand High Commission to send our thoughts to those affected by the attack and pledge to unite all communities against hatred and division," the statement said prior to the march.

"Christchurch, Never Again," protesters shouted.

At least 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

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