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Hundreds of clowns hold 'laugh-a-thon' for peace

Hundreds of clowns have gathered in Mexico City for a "laugh-a-thon" to protest against gang violence in the country.

Around 500 entertainers from across Latin America laughed and played an assortment of comedy instruments for 15 minutes.

Clowns play music as they rally for peace during the 18th Latin American clown convention Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

They were also protesting against reports that a gunman had disguised himself as a clown to kill a drug lord last week.

"Goly" the clown laughs for fifteen minutes during a rally for peace Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

"We want a little bit of peace. We spread happiness, laughter, smiles. That's why we're clowns," said clown Esteban Garcia.

The rally took place on the penultimate day of the Latin American clown convention.

Clowns pose for a photo Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido