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Thursday, 20 September, 2001, 00:45 GMT 01:45 UK
Ethnic minorities demonstrate in US

Leaders of minority ethnic groups in the United States have staged a rally in Washington urging people not to avenge last week's attacks by picking on people who - as they put it - merely looked like the enemy.

Up to 200 south Asian, Arab and Muslim Americans said that crimes against minorities only added to the long list of victims already created by the suicide attacks on New York and Washington.

Correspondents say there have been several attacks on people across the country who were dark skinned and wore turbans or veils, or who appeared to be Arabs or Muslims.

One of the organisers of the event Amber Khan said it was time for America to unite to confront a common enemy abroad, and avoid discord and disunity at home.

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"Many ethnic minorities here in the US feel vulnerable and frightened"
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