Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UK: Manchester Led Defiant Vigils Across the Nation


“It was important to come here and stand shoulder to shoulder and show our support to the families of those who have been affected and pray for those whose lives have been taken by this awful tragedy.”

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: Newsweek
By Conor Gaffey | May 23, 2017

[Excerpts]

Manchester is not a city accustomed to good weather. But as residents of the often grey and overcast northern English city turned out Tuesday the dappled spring sunshine seemed to speak of hope and resilience after Monday night’s harrowing terrorist attack.

Outside Manchester City Hall in the city’s Albert Square, hundreds gathered less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at Manchester Arena, killing 22—including children—and injuring more than 50.
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Muhammad Khurshid Ahmad, a local imam and leader of an Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Manchester, tells Newsweek that the attack has caused concern among the city’s Muslim population about the potential for radicalization.

“We can only pray this person was alone in taking the matter into his own hands,” says Ahmad. “It was important to come here and stand shoulder to shoulder and show our support to the families of those who have been affected and pray for those whose lives have been taken by this awful tragedy.”

The vigil ended with a the crowd spontaneously chanting, “Manchester! Manchester! Manchester!” and many stayed around after it ended to grieve and share their disbelief at what had happened.


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