Huge crowds stood together and in silence on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday (March 29) to remember the victims of the London terror attack exactly one week after the atrocity .
They gathered at the scene of the bloodshed in a vigil to remember the victims of attacker Khalid Masood.
He drove his car along the pavement of the bridge and into pedestrians on March 22, before crashing the vehicle and attacking PC Keith Palmer with a knife .
Five people died, including the attacker who was shot by armed officers, and many more were injured.
Organisers of the sombre memorial, which included a minute’s silence at 2.40pm when the 82-second attack began, said they wanted the event to show “we will not be divided” and to link people together.
Among those present were hundreds of members of the Muslim community, with imams carrying flowers, and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association standing in respect.
Banners reading "Love for All, Hatred for None", "Islam says No to Terror" and "Islam Means Peace" were seen on display.
One of those taking part was Faiz Nasir. He said: “We’re here today because our community strongly condemns what happened a few days ago here at Westminster Bridge. We are against all forms of extremism. We stand together.”
Janey, from Ealing attended with her daughter Alice. She carried a sign which read “one small act of kindness is infinitely more powerful than any act of aggression and always will be”.
She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before but I wanted to come and stand here at the time this atrocity happened. It’s a simple act of defiance.
“I’m thrilled to see so many other people here as well. It’s very special to be here today and to see so many people of different faiths here joining together.”
Joel Rosen felt moved to buy refreshments for imams standing on the bridge. He said: “I wanted to show some token of appreciation. It felt like the only thing I could do at the moment. Everyone feels a little bit powerless.
“The attack happened 200 yards from where I work so it hit me quite hard.
“I think people need to stand together and I appreciated these people standing here saying ‘I am Muslim, I stand for peace’.”
Emergency services also took part, as well as leaders of religious groups.
Also present were MPs Dawn Butler (Brent Central) and Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston).
The show of solidarity comes as inquests into the four victims - US tourist Kurt Cochran, DLD College staff member Aysha Frade , Leslie Rhodes and PC Palmer - were opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroners’ Court on Wednesday.
The inquest into 52-year-old Masood is expected to open on Thursday (March 30).
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