- Title: London community shows solidarity after van attack on Muslims
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: POLICE OFFICER POLICE OFFICERS STANDING IN CROWD (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, NICK AUVACHE, SAYING: "Well obviously you can see from the turnout tonight that there's a feeling of real anger but it's not anger and despair. I think it's anger and hope because the local community have united for this demonstration to oppose what's happening. It just goes to show that the vast majority of the local community oppose to terrorism, to racism and that they want to show their feelings." PEOPLE STANDING NEAR MESSAGE WALL AND FLOWERS PLACARDS NEAR WALL CARDBOARD READING (English): "THIS WAS RACIST TERROR NOT A 'LONE WOLF'!" (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, SHABBIR LAKHA, SAYING: "I think there's a feeling of unity and resilience and that we're not going to be divided by terrorists. There's also some anger that, as we've seen in past terrorism attacks, that Muslims have had to bear the brunt of being told that we're not doing enough about extremism and yet we're seeing that we're the victims of terrorism and we're not getting the same response. And so there is that anger, the way Islamophobia is permeated in society but overwhelmingly there is a lot of solidarity here." YOUNG GIRL AND BOY WRITING MESSAGES ON WALL YOUNG GIRL DRAWING ON WALL YOUNG BOY WRITING ON WALL MESSAGES ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM IKHLAF, SAYING: "It's our duty as Muslims to spread peace in this country. We came all along here, to this place here, to tell you that Islam is a peaceful religion, that anyone who commits this kind of brutal atrocities as it happened in London Bridge, Westminster, Manchester, whether we are Muslim or not Muslim - this has nothing to do with any religion." YOUNG GIRL WRITING MESSAGE ON WALL AND WALKING AWAY / MESSAGE READING (English): "SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE" FLOWERS ON GROUND MESSAGE ON WALL READING (English): "LET US FIND THE COURAGE TO LOVE"
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 22:39
- Keywords: London solidarity van attack Muslims vigil
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036M34GNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Around 200 people of all faiths gathered in front of London's Finsbury Park Mosque on Tuesday (June 20) to show solidarity after a van ploughed into Muslim, injuring 11 people, two of them critically.
Leader of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn urged communities to unite against extremism during a speech at the vigil after standing alongside representatives of local religious communities during a minute's silence in front of the mosque.
Locals sang together and laid flowers at the mosque, holding up placards which said "Don't let the racists divide us" and "No to Islamophobia, No to War".
The driver, who was seized by worshippers immediately after the attack on Monday (June 19) night has been held by police for preparing or instigating terrorism.
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