Anti-racism rally in Belfast

Anti-racism rally in Belfast

Thousands of people have taken part in an anti-racism rally in Belfast on Saturday.

Organisers said at least 6,000 people were in attendance and were calling for "action, not words" from politicians on the issue.Amnesty International, the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC-ICTU) and the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) accused the Northern Ireland Executive of letting down victims of racism by failing to deliver a Racial Equality Strategy.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)The event followed on from last weekend's demonstration at City Hall, which was attended by 4,000 people.It was organised after controversial comments about Islam made by Pastor James McConnell.First Minister Peter Robinson then appeared to defend him in an interview.They have both since apologised but rally organisers have said there is still a need to put out a message to ethnic and religious minorities in Northern Ireland that they are a welcome and integral part of the community.New Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon was in attendance and said people were sending a "clear message" that there was no place for racism in the city."They came out their droves regardless of the rain to put out there the true face of Belfast," she said."There has been a significant outpouring of support and solidarity for our citizens who have been attacked and who live in fear of being attacked, and I don't think that can go ignored."So proud of Belfast! Thousands turned out in the pouring rain to stand shoulder to shoulder with all of our citizens #RallyAgainstRacism— Nichola Mallon (@NicholaMallon) June 7, 2014


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