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Third-grader: It’s not fair to kill others who are different

March 18, 2019

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills says it is vitally important to call out bigotry and hatred in all forms, even a casual remark among friends.

Mills attended Sunday’s rally in Lewiston to honor 50 worshippers who were killed by a white gunman at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Among the speakers were the new mayor, community leaders and local residents in a city with a growing Muslim population. Lewiston Mayor Kristin Cloutier was sworn in last week after the former mayor resigned amid a scandal that included a racist text.

Third-grader Amina Bashir of Auburn told the crowd it’s “not fair that people are killing anyone who is different from them.” The 8-year-old, who was the last speaker, said simply, “I want the world in peace so we don’t attack people.”

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