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Anti-Rushdie March (2) London May 1989

Salman Rushdie hanged in effigy in Hyde Park. An estimated 8,000 protestors rallied in the park and marched to Parliament Square. The march was halted going over Westminster Bridge and a brief standoff followed. Copies of the Satanic Verses were burned. A counter demonstration in Parliament Square by Women Against Fundamentalism was harrassed, but was able to make its point, if only briefly.

The atmosphere of the march was horrifying, but difficult to assess how controlled. There were children as young as ten witnessing the hatred being generated.

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Taken on February 19, 2007