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Hundreds gather in Barcelona to pray for victims of New Zealand attacks

Organizers say shootings last week in Christchurch were product of far-right "hate against Muslims and minorities"

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22 March 2019 07:14 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Hundreds of Muslims came together on Friday in Barcelona's Clot Park to pray for the 51 victims of last week's terrorist attacks in New Zealand.

The ceremony involved a number of Muslim organizations, along with representatives of the New Zealand consulate, Barcelona city council, and the Catalan government.

The president of the Catalan Islamic Cultural Center, Salim Benamara, said the prayer ceremony was just one of many taking place all over the world.

Benamara also said that the terrorist attack was the product of the "far right," which is promoting "hate against Muslims and minorities."

The event began at 2pm with a brief prayer and speeches by different representatives, with Aurora López from Barcelona council arguing for "respect for religious diversity."

Meanwhile, activist David Karbala called for "unity against racism and Islamophobia" and called on people to join Saturday's march against the far-right Vox party.

The ceremony, which in all took about an hour, ended with a prayer for the souls of the 51 victims who were killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch by rightwing gunmen.

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  • Hundreds of muslims pray for the victims of the New Zealand terror attacks in a Barcelona park on March 22 2019 (by Miquel Codolar)

  • Hundreds of muslims pray for the victims of the New Zealand terror attacks in a Barcelona park on March 22 2019 (by Miquel Codolar)