9/11 anniversary protests: in pictures

The commemoration was marred by competing protests for and against the proposed Muslim community cen

Hundreds of people attended rallies in New York yesterday. Above are anti-mosque protestors. The extremist Dutch politician Geert Wilders addressed one demonstration, saying: "We must never give a free hand to those who want to subjugate us, draw this line so that New York will never become New Mecca."

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Pro- and anti-mosque campaigners clash. Passions were running high, but the demonstrations passed without violent incident.

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Protestors hold placards defending religious freedom.

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Anti-mosque rallies were also addressed by Republican commentators, including the former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton.

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Obama repeated his recent calls for unity, saying: "It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust."

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Finally, firefighter Hassan Hamza, who lost three friends in the 2001 attack takes a quiet moment to mourn.

 

All photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Andy Burnham's full speech on attack: "Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns"

"We are grieving today, but we are strong."

Following Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, newly elected mayor of the city Andy Burnham, gave a speech outside Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday morning, the full text of which is below: 

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. 

It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.

These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them.

We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.

But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.

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