The Staggers 12 September 2010 9/11 anniversary protests: in pictures The commemoration was marred by competing protests for and against the proposed Muslim community cen Print HTML 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." Pro- and anti-mosque campaigners clash. Passions were running high, but the demonstrations passed without violent incident. Protestors hold placards defending religious freedom. Anti-mosque rallies were also addressed by Republican commentators, including the former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton. 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." Finally, firefighter Hassan Hamza, who lost three friends in the 2001 attack takes a quiet moment to mourn. All photographs: AFP/Getty Images › New poll shows Ed Miliband taking the lead Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles 7 problems with the Snooper’s Charter, according to the experts The buck doesn't stop with Grant Shapps - and probably shouldn't stop with Lord Feldman, either The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean?