- Title: Floral tributes mount in Manchester, armed police patrol streets
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) ST. ANN'S SQUARE FULL OF FLORAL TRIBUTES AND BALLOONS PLACARD READING (English): "UNITED WE STAND" / FLOWERS YOUNG GIRL LAYING A TEDDY BEAR AND A NOTE FOR VICTIMS VARIOUS OF YOUNG GIRL'S NOTE AND TEDDY BEAR SIGN ON STATUE READING (English): "ARIANA WE HEART YOU" / FLOWERS WOMAN LAYING FLOWERS MANCHESTER UNITED SHIRT / TEDDY BEAR / FLOWERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER RESIDENT, NICK GRAHAM, SAYING: "Pretty subdued, I think everyone is coming to terms with what's happened but I think generally there is an air of positivity, everyone is coming together to pull through it." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER RESIDENT, ABI SIMS, SAYING: "There is a real sense of unity in the city at the minute, isn't there? Everyone is sort of staying strong together." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER RESIDENT, NICK GRAHAM, SAYING: "I think it feels strange that it happens in your own city. I think that's what everyone is coming to terms with. But it just makes you more proud to be from where we're from." FLORAL TRIBUTES AT ST. ANN'S SQUARE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER RESIDENT, JESSICA WHEELER, SAYING: "You can just really feel it everywhere. Even though it's been a couple of days now, it's still very present." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER RESIDENT, ROSS CAREY, SAYING: "You can feel it - though part of the country may be starting to move on and in other parts of the world, the air is very heavy in Manchester." ISLAM AGAINST EXTREMISM STALL SET UP IN CENTRE OF TOWN BACK OF VEST READING (English): "ISLAM AGAINST EXTREMISM" VARIOUS OF MEN AT STALL TALKING WITH PEOPLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN AT ANTI-EXTREMISM STALL, AMJAD KHAN, SAYING: "It's important for us to come out and show and educate Muslims and non-Muslims that the actions that took place in Manchester Arena have no place in Islam, it was cowardly, and has no place at all in Islam." VARIOUS OF MEN AT ANTI-EXTREMISM STALL TALKING WITH PEOPLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN AT ANTI-EXTREMISM STALL, HUIL ABU UMAR, SAYING: "I myself when I first became a Muslim about 12 years ago, people used to speak to me about going to fight away in foreign countries, but for me it was all about education. Once I educated myself and understood Islam correctly, I could see that these people were not practising the religion as it should be practised and I distanced myself from them, and went to a mosque that portrays the true message of Islam." PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH CENTRE OF TOWN VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING IN WATER FOUNTAIN ARMED POLICE WALKING THROUGH CENTRAL MANCHESTER SIGNS READING (English): "WE HEART MCR" POLICEMAN GUARDING STREET ARMED POLICE ON GUARD UNION JACK AND EU FLAGS / ARMED POLICEMAN
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 20:00
- Keywords: education Islam heightened security police flowers floral tribute Manchester bombing
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC8S3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Floral tributes continued to fill St Ann's Square on Thursday (May 25) for victims of the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, as armed police patrolled the streets.
Mancunians said the city, although united, was still coming to terms with what happened.
"The air is very heavy in Manchester," one man said.
Men working at an Islam Against Extremism stall, which has been set up in the centre of town every week for eight months, denounced Monday's attack and encouraged unity.
Security remained high throughout the city.
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