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Hundreds turn out at Belfast City Hall for refugee support rally

Hundreds of people have turned out for a rally at Belfast City Hall in support of refugees.

The rally, which saw some 1,200 people attend, saw groups and individuals flock to the city centre for the 'refugees welcome' rally.

That included Amnesty International and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Similar demonstrations were also staged in Londonderry and Omagh as part of a day of action.

Speaking this week, Amnesty International's Patrick Corrigan said:

"The scale of the refugee crisis makes Northern Ireland’s political problems pale in comparison. The refugee situation is the greatest humanitarian crisis which Europe has faced since the end of the second world war - we must be part of the solution.

"The people of Northern Ireland stand ready and willing to help. Government here must retain the ability to respond to that urgent need, whatever the background political instability.

"All parties in the Assembly recently made positive statements about a local response to the refugee crisis. It is important that government is able to follow through on those commitments and that Northern Ireland does not become the only part of the UK or Ireland not helping to resettle those fleeing war in Syria and elsewhere."

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