The horrific attack in Woolwich yesterday has brought back memories of the 7/7 bombings for many of us in Beeston. Community leaders and residents are reacting as they did in 2005 to show solidarity with the victims and reject the use of religion to justify terrorist acts.
Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn issued the following statement:
“The thoughts of everyone in Leeds will be with the family of the young man who was so brutally killed in Woolwich yesterday.
“In the face of such hatred, we must stand together and not let anyone divide us. No matter what happens, we will never give up our democratic way of life. And the best way we can show this is by reacting with calm and strength in equal measure, just as was demonstrated yesterday by those passers-by who tried to help with complete disregard for their own safety.
“The immediate task, as the police continue their work, is to offer every support to the people of Woolwich as they try to come to terms with what has happened.”
Beeston resident Mahboob Nazir added:
“You will have heard of the horrific acts of evil in London yesterday. Terrorists do not represent God loving, law abiding citizens of our country. Muslims and non-Muslims must come together in solidarity and maintain peace within our community.”
Councillor Asghar Khan, who lives in Beeston, Tweeted yesterday:
“Saddened and horrified by barbaric acts committed in the name of religion. Such murders are a disgrace to any faith #Woolwich”