Thousands rally in Melbourne to support Muslim community after New Zealand mosque attack

Thousands rally in Melbourne to support Muslim community after New Zealand mosque attack
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Thousands of people rallied in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday to express support for the Muslim community after a shooting at two New Zealand mosques the previous day left 49 worshippers dead and dozens of others injured.

Rally goers read prayers and speeches to honor the victims during the event at the Victoria State Library, expressing solidarity with the fear many faced following the attack.

“What happened in Christchurch was terrorism. The murderers are terrorists. But there is no place for prejudice and racism in our society. Racism kills, Islamophobia kills. As Muslims we live with this every day,” one attendee quoted a speaker as saying.

Several Melbourne monuments were also lit up in red, white and blue, the colors of the New Zealand flag.

The attack spurred calls of sympathy for the victims and condemnation of white supremacy from across the globe.

A 28-year-old Australian national has been charged in Friday’s shooting. The gunman published a more than 70-page manifesto riddled with anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric, including praise for other white supremacist figures.