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PHOTOS: London streets come to a standstill as thousands march in solidarity with Orlando

Joseph McCormick June 13, 2016

Thousands of people have lined the streets of London’s Soho in solidarity with the community and Orlando, and in memory of those lost in a mass shooting which killed 50 in a gay club on Sunday morning.

Thousands gathered at the vigil to join hands and hold moments of silence in solidarity with the community in Orlando, and all of the victims of the shooting which took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Across the UK and around the world vigils took place in cities and towns, and gatherings will take place throughout the week to show solidarity with those in Orlando.

Shortly after 19:00 GMT, business owners stopped serving drinks, turned off their music and encouraged punters outside to pay tribute to Orlando with moments of silence.

The march was attended by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who sent a powerful message of defiance to perpetrators of hate crimes around the world.

50 people were killed and 53 injured yesterday in the shocking terrorist hate crime attack, which saw a gunman open fire inside The Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida.

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which was perpetrated by US citizen Omar Mateen. The majority of the victims were Latino.

In a statement, President Obama mourned the victims of the homophobic hate crime attack and called for greater restrictions on arms sales.

In response, Republican nominee Donald Trump said Obama should resign for failing to rally against Islam in his comments.

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