'We won't let it happen again' - Rally against racism draws thousands to Aotea Square

Taking a stand against racism, the 'Love Aotearoa, Hate Racism' rally was held in Auckland's Aotea Square this afternoon, drawing a crowd of thousands.

The 2pm rally followed the Christchurch terror attack last week which claimed the lives of 50 people who were worshiping at mosques in the city.

Event organiser Anu Kaloti from the Migrant Workers Association said the rally had been planned almost a year ago, but was even more necessary after the events of last Friday.

She said the association had been trying to highlight various issues and felt their efforts had not been enough.

"We are standing in solidarity with all our Muslim brothers and sisters in this country," she said.

"We are extending our deepest condolences to the community ... we are also telling them the whole of Aotearoa stands behind them.

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    Thousands attended the Love Aotearoa, Hate Racism rally in Auckland’s Aotea Square. Source: 1 NEWS

    “We as a country will make sure this never ever happens again."

    Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson was also in attendance "to support the voices calling for change.

    "We have to stand against racism, but we can't go back to the Aotearoa that allows this racism to stand," she said.

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      Thousands marched in the city today in solidarity – and in protest. Source: 1 NEWS