In solidarity: British Muslims give away 3,000 roses on London Bridge

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‘We are making a symbol­ic gestur­e of love for the commun­ities affect­ed by the attack’

A rose is given to a member of the public by the multi-faith group '1000RosesLondon' on London Bridge, in London. PHOTO: AFP

A rose is given to a member of the public by the multi-faith group ‘1000RosesLondon’ on London Bridge, in London. PHOTO: AFP

In a demonstration aimed to show solidarity following last week’s attacks in London, British Muslims on Sunday gave 3,000 roses to strangers walking down the London Bridge.

Zakia Bassou, one of the brains behind the 1,000 Roses London campaign, said “after the events of last weekend we are making a symbolic gesture of love for the communities affected by the attack”, according to The Telegraph.

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“The whole concept is we are not going to let London Bridge, or any bridge, fall down.”

Messages attached to the roses. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

Messages attached to the roses. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

“I think it’s lovely, it’s what London is actually about as a city,” said Elida Ercolano, a Londoner who was greatly moved by the event. “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 easy to believe the fear but boil it down and we are actually, in the main, good people and we should remember that.”

A visitor from Gillingham, Dorset, June Collis found the campaign “beautiful and lovely to see this group come out and share their love against all the horrible things that have happened”.

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“Muslims need to speak up and go against the extremists,” she said. “This is a good way of speaking up for themselves. Let’s just hope we don’t see any more of these horrible killings.”

Londoners and tourists at the London Bridge during the demonstration. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

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Londoners and tourists at the London Bridge during the demonstration. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

Another visitor from Durham, David Hackett was touched by the event. “It’s great to see people giving such a beautiful thing to demonstrate the love people have for each other,” he said. “It’s a strong, powerful message in such a poignant place, given recent events.”

An American, Nancy Cannata, from the state of Massachusetts, said it was “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 realise that.”

Organisers, Londoners and tourists at the London Bridge during the demonstration. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

Organisers, Londoners and tourists at the London Bridge during the demonstration. PHOTO: 1000 ROSES LONDON

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The 61-year-old is on a trip to the United Kingdom with her 63 year-old husband, Gaetano. The couple insisted they never entertained the thought of postponing their much-awaited trip. “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,” said Gaetano. “We just hope the world is heading in a better direction.”

The project , financed through a crowd-funding campaign, is an on-going event where the group plans to hold another demonstration soon.

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