Islington’s diverse, welcoming and tolerant community has shown that it will not be divided by hate following the horrific terrorist attack in Finsbury Park.
Crowds of people gathered outside Finsbury Park Mosque for a vigil the day after the attack, while hundreds of people laid flowers at Muslim Welfare House. Residents, community and faith leaders, police and pupils took to social media to condemn the attacks and offer condolences.
Only one day before the terrible attack, Islington’s community gathered at Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, as part of the Jo Cox Foundation’s Great Get Together, to celebrate all that we have in common.
“We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and will continue to stand together and support each other. Islington is a vibrant and unified borough: this is our community, and we will not be divided by any terrorist,” Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said in response to the attack.
His comments were echoed repeatedly by people across Islington’s community. “An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths and communities. Those who try to divide us and who aim to spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed,” Islington Faiths Forum said in a statement.
Families affected by the attack can get support from Victim Support, call 0808 168 9111.
If you are victim to or witness a hate crime report it to the police non-emergency number – 101, or if in immediate danger, 999. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and report it online.
A book of condolences is open for residents and people working in the borough to write in at the Town Hall.