Muslims in London fight terror with love as they hand out 3,000 roses to public
London (IINA) – A group of British Muslims has been handing out flowers on London Bridge as a symbol of love in the wake of the terror attack at Borough Market.
Some 3,000 roses were given to people in a demonstration of solidarity following the van and knife rampage that left eight people dead and dozens injured, The Sun British Newspaper reported.
Zakia Bassou, one of the organizers of today’s event, said: After the events of last weekend, we are making a symbolic gesture of love for the communities affected by the attack.
The whole concept is we are not going to let London Bridge, or any bridge, fall down. Londoner Elida Ercolano was visibly emotional after receiving her rose.
She said: I think it’s lovely, it’s what London is actually about as a city.
It’s what people should remember despite what’s gone on. It’s a great symbol and if nothing else it’s bringing people together.
It’s very easy to believe the fear, but boil it down, and we are actually, in the main, good people, and we should remember that.
June Collis, from Gillingham, Dorset, said it was beautiful and lovely to see this group come out and share their love against all the horrible things that have happened.
This is a good way of speaking up for themselves. Let’s just hope we don’t see any more of these horrible killings.
David Hackett, visiting the capital from Durham, said he found the event very touching.
He said: “It’s great to see people giving such a beautiful thing to demonstrate the love people have for each other.”
“It’s a strong, powerful message in such a poignant place, given recent events.”
Nancy Cannata, 61, from Massachusetts in the US, said: “It’s very nice to see. And I think it’s nice that they’re Muslims it’s not everybody in the Muslim community carrying out these attacks.
“There are good and bad people in every religion, and I wish people could realize that.”
Nancy was visiting London Bridge as part of a long-planned holiday to the UK with her husband, Gaetano, 63.
The couple booked the trip in October last year and said they had never considered changing their plans.
He said: “We felt it would be safe and that there would actually be even more security, and we can see that’s the case. We feel very safe.
“We just hope the world is heading in a better direction.”
The 1,000 Roses London project paid for the flowers through a crowdfunding campaign. Fundraising is continuing, and the group is planning to hold another event in the future.
Source: International Islamic News Agency