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Hundreds in city centre for 30th annual Martyr’s march

Marchers make their way through the streets of Newport

Marchers make their way through the streets of Newport

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

AROUND 500 Muslims marched through Newport city centre this afternoon in the 30th annual Martyr’s march.

The march, which is organised by the Islamic Society for Wales, commemorates the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussain.

Imam Hussain was among 73 Muslims slaughtered in Iraq more than 1,300 years ago.

Men, women and children chanted as they took part in the hour-long march which made its way way from Victoria Place, along Commercial Street and back up Stow Hill.

The marchers also repeatedly placed their hands against their chest as they paraded through the city while some carried flags and banners.

The marchers stopped along Commercial Street for a group of men to perform chants while beating their hands against their chests.

The event grabbed the attention of shoppers and passers-by who stopped to watch with some also taking photographs of the early afternoon march.

Also among the marchers was Mayor of Newport, Cllr John Guy who made a short speech before helping to lead the parade.

Speaking to the crowd, he said: "The Muslim community send a wonderful example of hard work and community spirit. I wish you all success and all the best for this very important day."

Secretary of the society, Mubarak Ali said the march was the first of its kind in the UK and possibly Europe.

He said: "We started this in 1982 so are now in our 30th year.

I am really pleased with everyone coming and really appreciate the Mayor coming to support us."

Organisers also thanked the council, police and marshals who had helped with the event.

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4:06pm Mon 26 Nov 12

SizzlerTrainers says...

Different rules, everyone knows that.
Different rules, everyone knows that. SizzlerTrainers
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4:41pm Mon 26 Nov 12

rhinestine says...

SizzlerTrainers wrote:
Different rules, everyone knows that.
I know, it's sad, I wish we looked after our own interests like other countries do.
[quote][p][bold]SizzlerTrainers[/bold] wrote: Different rules, everyone knows that.[/p][/quote]I know, it's sad, I wish we looked after our own interests like other countries do. rhinestine
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7:24pm Mon 26 Nov 12

cath 872 says...

Lets celebrate the here and now, not mourn for someone who died centuries ago . Atheists such as myself are baffled as to why a religion wants to commemorate the death of someone they never knew, Ali, or Jesus, for example. This isn't a criticism, it just puzzles me. Ps Where are the women in this march? Are they at the back?
Lets celebrate the here and now, not mourn for someone who died centuries ago . Atheists such as myself are baffled as to why a religion wants to commemorate the death of someone they never knew, Ali, or Jesus, for example. This isn't a criticism, it just puzzles me. Ps Where are the women in this march? Are they at the back? cath 872
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7:39pm Mon 26 Nov 12

welshmen says...

cath 872: yes they are at the back as there culture dictates, Muslims live by the holy book the Koran, and Sharia law...and as this country is Christian based we live by our laws...
cath 872: yes they are at the back as there culture dictates, Muslims live by the holy book the Koran, and Sharia law...and as this country is Christian based we live by our laws... welshmen
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9:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Calm down - this is not a march against the West it is to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein.
Calm down - this is not a march against the West it is to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein. Limestonecowboy
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6:36pm Tue 27 Nov 12

shaz1 says...

True well said Limestone
True well said Limestone shaz1
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11:47pm Tue 27 Nov 12

gathin says...

I think the muzzies are lovely and have made a massive effort to integrate and ingratiate themselves with the societies that they're taking over.
Is that more to the company line????
I think the muzzies are lovely and have made a massive effort to integrate and ingratiate themselves with the societies that they're taking over. Is that more to the company line???? gathin
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1:17am Wed 28 Nov 12

gathin says...

Whoever has a problem with peoples open views on this subject is just hammering the final nails into this debate. If you say anything about the immigration and over breeding of ppl with completely different values you must be a racist.
If you say anything about why there are no women on the march and why muslims feel the need to genitally mutilate their daughters are you still a racist or just right-wing?
Duuuhhh?
Whoever has a problem with peoples open views on this subject is just hammering the final nails into this debate. If you say anything about the immigration and over breeding of ppl with completely different values you must be a racist. If you say anything about why there are no women on the march and why muslims feel the need to genitally mutilate their daughters are you still a racist or just right-wing? Duuuhhh? gathin
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3:15am Wed 28 Nov 12

gathin says...

Helloooo again.
Why don't you just ditch this story and get back to non-Islamic taking-over-the-coun
try stories instead? At least the kuffir (us) can speak their minds on those subjects without having their honest views edited by the cautious establishment (your hierarchy)?
Helloooo again. Why don't you just ditch this story and get back to non-Islamic taking-over-the-coun try stories instead? At least the kuffir (us) can speak their minds on those subjects without having their honest views edited by the cautious establishment (your hierarchy)? gathin
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Wed 28 Nov 12

welshmen says...

True well said gathin.
True well said gathin. welshmen
  • Score: -1

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