Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of the Christchurch Terrorist Attack, Sydney

Last night, around 1500 people turned up to Sydney Town Hall Square to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand, which took place one week ago today and in which 50 people were killed, and just as many wounded.

After an Acknowledgement to Country by Wiradjuri woman, Anne Weldon, a minute’s silence was held, before the crowd listened to speakers from across different faiths and backgrounds. Included were Imam Farhan Khalil (Hills District Muslim Society), Dr. Naesrine Basheer (University of Sydney), journalist Majida Abboud Saab, the Reverend Bill Crews from the Exodus Foundation and Vic Alhadeff from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

All speakers spoke out against the rising tide or racism, Islamophobia and intolerance.

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