British Muslims hand out 3,000 roses at site of London Bridge terrorist attack

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA
Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA
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Londoners and tourists have been handed flowers as a symbol of love at the site of the latest terrorist attack in the UK.

A group of British Muslims gave 3,000 roses to people on London Bridge in a demonstration of solidarity following the van and knife rampage that left eight people dead and dozens injured.

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

"After the events of last weekend we are making a symbolic gesture of love for the communities affected by the attack," said Zakia Bassou, one of the organisers of today's event. "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.

"I think it's lovely, it's what London is actually about as a city," she said.

"It's what people should remember despite what's gone on. It's a great symbol and of nothing else it's bringing people together.

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

"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".

"Muslims need to speak up and go against the extremists," she added.

"This is a good way of speaking up for themselves. Let's just hope we don't see any more of these horrible killings."

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

David Hackett, visiting the capital from Durham, said he found the event "very touching".

"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."

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 realise that."

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

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.

"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," he said.

"We just hope the world is heading in a better direction."

The 1,000 Roses London project paid for the roses through a crowdfunding campaign and bought the flowers at Zara Floral in East Grinstead. Fundraising is continuing and the group is planning to hold another rally in the future.

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

Roses with messages are given out to passers-by on London Bridge just over a week on from the terror attack on the bridge and at Borough Market. PA

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