A group of British Muslims have handed out 3000 red roses on London Bridge, in a gesture of “love and solidarity” following the recent terrorist attack.
People from all over the city laid flowers at the scene, where eight people died and dozens more were injured after three terrorists drove a van in crowds before leaping out and stabbing those running to safety. The informal group known as 1000 roses came together following the attack.
Led by British Muslims, donations paid for the flowers which were handed to anyone who found themselves at the scene of the tragedy. Each rose carried “messages of love to the world” according to the organisers.
“While the shock waves still reverberate, we remain standing in defiance of those who would divide us,” the group posted on Facebook.
One of the organisers, Zakia Bassou, added: “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 added: “I think it’s lovely 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.”