New Yorkers opposed to plans for a mosque and cultural centre near the World Trade Centre site have taken to the streets to voice their anger.
For them, the idea of a mosque two blocks from the place almost 3,000 people died in the “September-the-11th” attacks is insensitive.
“I don’t believe that every Muslim is a terrorist but I do know that every terrorist that was on those planes that killed my brother was a Muslim and I don’t feel that it is morally right or ethically right to put a mosque here where my brother was killed.” said one man.
Kept separate by police and barricades, those in favour of the mosque plans gathered for their own rally a few streets away.
“We want to stand for the right of individuals to practice their religion where they choose and we want to stand against what is becoming a climate of fear, hatred and islamophobia.” said one of the supporters.
Opponents have launched legal action to overturn a ruling allowing building work to proceed. Some construction workers have even pledged not to work on the project.