‘We will not hate each other’: London women hold vigil in sign of solidarity

Women have formed a chain across London’s Westminster Bridge in a show of solidarity, following last week’s fatal attack in which four people died.

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The group stood in silence for five minutes, many wearing blue as a symbol of peace, bowing their heads in respect.

The event, coordinated by Women’s March London organisers, attracted around a hundred participants, with a tweet calling for women to “stand quietly for five minutes, (then) disperse”.

Activist Julie Siddiqi told The Guardian she has been encouraged by the public’s response to the attack.

“People have rejected hate and division,” she said.

“It sends a positive message that we need to reach out more, not less. What happened on Wednesday is terrible and tragic, but we will not let it define our relations – we can rise above that.”

Social media users have been tweeting their own responses to the vigil using the hashtag #WeStandTogether.

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— Melanie Stevens (@Mel_Stevens) March 27, 2017

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— elaineaemmott (@elaineaemmott) March 26, 2017#WeStandTogether – image via burkegurl and @LondonNaturalCo through instagram. Moving, beautiful #WestminsterAttack#WestminsterAttackpic.twitter苏州美甲培训学校按摩论坛,/HJ1aafu3UZ

— Women’s March London (@womensmarchlon) March 26, 2017Proud of the Muslim community who stood on Westminster bridge, sign of solidarity with the terror victims. Fear has lost. #WeStandTogether

— Saqlain A Choudry (@SaqlainAChoudry) March 27, [email protected] with @womensmarchlon showing solidarity on #WestminsterBridge #WeStandTogether #Ahmadiyya #TrueIslam pic.twitter苏州美甲培训学校按摩论坛,/atfTXgidZn

— Ahmadi Muslim Ladies (@LajnaBF) March 26, 2017

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— Women’s March London (@womensmarchlon) March 26, 2017A human chain of women from standing in solidarity on Westminster Bridge #WeStandTogether #WomensMarch pic.twitter苏州美甲培训学校按摩论坛,/5WUsCEXt8E

— Strengthening FI (@SFITogether) March 26, 2017

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