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12 September 2010

9/11 anniversary protests: in pictures

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

By Samira Shackle

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

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