AROUND 40 people have taken part in a Manchester vigil to remember the four people killed in the London terror attacks last Wednesday.
The vigil, which was held in St Peter’s Square on Friday, was called by Stand Up to Racism Manchester and Muslim Engagement and Development and featured speakers from across local organisations and also included a minute’s silence to remember the victims.
The event was one of eleven national events to take place over the weekend as part of Stand Up to Racism’s #westandtogether campaign
Organiser Nahella Ashraf says that it’s important that we show solidarity with the victims:
“We need to stand in solidarity with those that were affected in London but we also need to stand here and say that we can’t use what’s happened to increase racism.”
“It’s about raising awareness and not only standing with people here this evening, but also with Muslims who are under attack over what happened”
She also thinks that the media play a big part in being responsible for a rise in racism as well.
“The way that the media portrayed the Muslim woman on the bridge as if she didn’t care is disgusting. If you look at the image, she looks terrified and shocked by what’s happened.”
Councillor Heather Fletcher also spoke at the Manchester vigil and thinks it’s important that we don’t let these attacks divide communities.
“The voices of the tolerant majority need to be heard above the voices of the intolerant minority. Good people should always prevail over the bad ones and I wish there was no need for events like this to take place, but unfortunately there is.”