The Courier-Mail

Rallies demand more help


TENS of thousands of people took to the streets on Monday night calling for the Government to open its heart to Syrian refugees, in Light The Dark candleligh­t vigils that were held around the country.

The image of toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body, washed on to a Turkish beach after his family’s failed bid to reach Europe by boat, has become a symbol of the humanitari­an crisis.

In Melbourne, Asylum Seek- er Resource Centre spokeswoma­n Pamela Curr led a minute’s silence for Aylan as rain fell on the thousands gathered in Treasury Gardens. In Sydney, more than 10,000 people attended the Hyde Park vigil.

Meanwhile in Morocco’s capital Rabat dozens of people dressed as Aylan in red and blue clothing lay face-down on the beach (pictured) in tribute.

A Light The Dark rally will be held in Brisbane on Friday.

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