Everywhere around the world it's the same ...........Bali to Baghdad, Malaysia to Madrid to Malmo, Indonesia to India to Israel, Nigeria to New York, London to Lebanon to Libya, Tunisia to Turkey, and on and on and on.......
Three million came out and gave jihad the middle finger. Well done.
Three million Catholics defy terror threat to annual parade in Philippines World News (hat tip Gregory)
Philippine Catholic pilgrims carry the statue of the Black Nazarene, a life-size icon of Jesus Christ carrying a cross, to mark the annual day-long religious procession in Manila Monday.
By msnbc.com staff and news services
More than 3 million Roman Catholic worshippers paraded with a charred Christ statue through the Philippine capital in an annual procession Monday despite a warning from the president that terrorists might target the gathering.
The black wooden statue known as the Black Nazarene was displayed at the seaside Rizal Park where Manila's Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle led a Mass and offered prayers for victims of tropical storms and landslides over the past year.
President Benigno Aquino III warned Sunday at a hastily called news conference, along with military and police officials, that several terrorists planned to disrupt the event and had reportedly been seen in the capital. But the threat was not high enough to cancel the procession, he added.
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"The sad reality of the world today is that terrorists want to disrupt the ability of people to live their lives in the ways they want to, including the freedom to worship," Aquino said in the nationally televised conference.
The government banned cell phones and firecrackers at the event. Around 15,000 police officers were deployed with sniffer dogs, while ambulances and hospitals were on standby, according to an entry in Aquino's Facebook page.
Australia had urged its citizens to avoid the procession and nearby areas.
Philippines Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said without elaborating that six to nine people from the southern Philippines may be involved in the alleged plot, and officials gave no description of their group or its motives. When asked if the threat came from the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, Aquino said that possibility had not been confirmed.
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