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Hate crimes in Manchester tackled by WeStandTogether

CAPTURED: Selfies and images anchored with the hash tag '#WeStandTogether' will appear on outdoor screens in Manchester

AS MANCHESTER'S Hate Crime Awareness Week gets underway, locals will do their bit by streaming images that combat hate around the city centre, using outdoor screens.

The regions's Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Austin-Behan is leading the initiative which encourages people who belong to all of Manchester’s diverse communities to get involved by posting selfies on Twitter and Instagram, marking their posts with '#WeStandTogether'.

Signature Outdoor are behind the technology needed to make the visual campaign work and have even developed interactive touch screens for passers-by to use in order to learn more about the campaign.

Manchester's focus will not be limited to online and outdoor activities during this week. The Lord Mayor has invited people to meet in Market Street at noon on Sunday 12 February to be part of a human-chain which will represent solidarity against hate attacks.

The Lord Mayor says:

“I find it disturbing that hate crime still exists in this day and age - Manchester is proud of its inclusivity, diversity and equality.

"We all have a responsibility to tackle prejudice in all its forms – which is why I would like to ask everyone to come and join me on Market Street to stand together in solidarity.

“Manchester is a modern vibrant city with no place for hate crime, no matter what form it takes. By joining hands we will show that understanding, compassion and empathy can overcome any prejudice.”

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