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Thousands stood in solidarity against racism and Islamophobia at a rally in Melbourne on Tuesday, days after the militant attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
Protesters chanted anti-racist slogans as they filled the streets of Melbourne’s CBD and accused the government of fear-mongering against Muslims in Australia.
“Whenever our politicians dog-whistle, whenever they attack Muslims, or whenever they lock up refugees, they’re helping to fuel attacks such as this,” one speaker stated.
A statement from Australian Senator Fraser Anning in the wake of the shootings sparked international outrage on Friday, after he blamed Muslim immigration to New Zealand for the attack. More than 1 million Australians have since signed a petition demanding the Senator’s removal from Parliament for his comments.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the shooting on Saturday, calling it “an attack against all of us.”
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