- Title: Manchester residents speak out against hate at city centre vigil
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: CLOSE OF CANDLE WOMAN CRYING MICHAEL ENGEL, MANCUNIAN, HOLDING "I LOVE MANCHESTER" PLACARD CLOSE OF PLACARD (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL ENGEL, MANCUNIAN, SAYING: "Manchester has suffered things like this before and we've come out bigger and better and stronger. People might say it is one of the darkest days in our history, to the contrary I think it will be one of our proudest moments. Within minutes there was people offering beds and food. Manchester is not red, it's not blue, it's not Sikh, it's not Muslim, it's not Christian - everyone is Mancunian and I have genuinely never been prouder of my city today." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARANJIT SINGH HEERA, MEMBER OF SIKH COMMUNITY, SAYING: "This is all to show solidarity with our communities, to show homage, to show respect to the families who lost their loved ones who are in pain, we are with them, we stand together." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEN MEDINA, 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT FROM MANCHESTER SAYING: "Just to express my love for Manchester, it is such a beautiful city." (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL BROOKS, NOW LIVES AND WORKS IN MANCHESTER, SAYING: "Everyone is devastated by it and I felt devastated. You see things like this all the time but to have it so close to home around people you love and you care about, places you visit frequently and it is not nice, it is not nice at all." (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATE BENNET, NOW LIVES AND WORKS IN MANCHESTER, SAYING: "The important thing is you don't know when it is going to happen so you can't live your life being afraid of things. At the same time you need to show solidarity with people when things like this do happen and show that there is love where other people would spread hate." PEOPLE HOLDING "I LOVE MANCHESTER" PLACARDS PEOPLE LAYING FLOWERS IN THE SQUARE BY MONUMENT CLOSE OF FLOWERS CANDLE BEING LIT CANDLES CANDLES ON TEE-SHIRT VARIOUS OF CROWD SHOUTING "MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER" CROWD CHEERING A WOMAN PLAYING CELLO NEAR MONUMENT IN ST ANNE'S SQUARE, WHERE FLOWERS ARE LAID CLOSE OF CELLO PLAYER TWO WOMEN CRYING MAN RUBBING HIS EYES FLOWERS FLOWERS BY MONUMENT "ARIANA WE LOVE YOU" SIGN SIGN READING "MANCHESTER CITY WE STAND UNITED" BALLOONS TEDDY BEAR CROWDS GATHERED BY MONUMENT PEOPLE GATHERED / WORDS WRITTEN IN CHALK ON GROUND READING (English): "WE ARE GRIEVING WE ARE STRONG"
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 22:30
- Keywords: bomb attack vigil Manchester
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036I2ATZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Around 6,000 people gathered in a central Manchester Square to unite and remember the victims of the Arena attack on Monday (May 22).
People wiped away tears as Elgar's Nimrod was played in the packed and sombre square.
Performance poet Tony Walsh roused the northern city's pride with a defiant message.
At the dignified gathering the crowds ended the official ceremony with chants of "Manchester, Manchester".
At a nearby square, flowers were laid at a monument as people wiped away tears as they listened to a cellist playing nearby.
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