BELGIUM: 3,500 PARTICIPANTS IN YESTERDAY’S MARCH "TOGETHER IN PEACE"” “” “

3,500 people have taken to the streets of Brussels yesterday to participate in the national march entitled "Together in Peace". The initiative – sponsored by the leaders of the religions present in the country, Jews, Christians and Muslims, and promoted by the Sant’Egidio Community – was organised to say "no to the strategy of terror" after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen and "yes to peaceful coexistence". As a symbolic act, the march stopped in front of the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gabriel the Archangels, the Protestant Church, the Catholic Church of Notre-Dame du Sablon and the Great Synagogue. "Together – the Chief Rabbi of Brussels, Albert Guigui, said –, today more than ever, we need to pass on to future generations the fundamental values on which Europe is based… Together, we have to strongly oppose and fight any resurgence of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, whatever its form, whatever its pretext". Monsignor André-Joseph Léonard, Archbishop of Malines-Brussels, addressed the marchers outside of the Catholic Church. "Every time Jews, Muslims and Christians are massacred because of what they are, let us all dare to say: ‘I am a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew’. Because we are all affected when human dignity is violated in one of our brothers and sisters in mankind". (continued) ” “

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