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Vigil held in Finsbury Park for Christchurch terrorist attack victims

'In exactly the same way a crazed person killed Makram Ali just down the road from here, this was an Islamaphobic attack'

18 March, 2019

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the vigil

JEREMY Corbyn led a vigil for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack in Finsbury Park yards from where Darren Osborne murdered Makram Ali.

Scores of people squeezed into the pavement area outside the Arsenal shop in Finsbury Park as a show of unity with the victims of an attack on two mosques in New Zealand where 50 people were massacred.

In his manifesto, the alleged killer Brenton Tarrant referenced Darren Osborne, who rammed a van into a group of worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park in 2017 killing grandfather Makram Ali.

Crowd packed into the pavement outside the Arsenal shop in Finsbury Park

At the vigil on Friday March 15, Mr Corbyn said: “When any of us are attacked we are all attacked. In exactly the same way a crazed person killed Makram Ali just down the road from here, this was an Islamaphobic attack.

“Just as we stood up after 7/7, just as we stood up over the London Bridge attack and so many others, we stand here today as a united community saying no, absolutely no to racism in any form whatsoever in our society.”

Friday’s vigil was called by the Stand Up to Racism group.

Muslim Welfare Centre’s chief executive Toufik Kacimi

The Muslim Welfare Centre’s chief executive Toufik Kacimi said: “I was full of sorrow when I heard about the attack. People went to pray, something so peaceful.

“I saw the attack here a year and a half ago and I know the terrible feelings of sadness they must be feeling.

“A man said to this attacker ‘hello brother’ as he came into the mosque. He was then shot dead. It is terrible.

“But it is great to see so many people here now, all together here against racism and Islamophobia.

“This is the real spirit of the British people. People like Darren Osborne and the attacker in New Zealand have tried to divide us, they want to drive a wedge between us.
“We will not let them, they only bring us together.”

A string of other speakers on the night condemned the attacks, including Islington council leader Richard Watts, Cllr Rakhia Ismail and Finsbury Park Mosque Imam Mohammed Kozbar.

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