Islington standing together
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.
Hundreds of people laid flowers outside Muslim Welfare House in the days following the attack and 1,000 people attended the Solidarity Street Iftar outside Finsbury Park Mosque. 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.
The council is coordinating a package of support to help victims and their families directly affected by the attack, which includes emotional support, financial help and benefits advice, housing options, help with expenses, translation services and legal advice.
Residents who might have witnessed the attack or are feeling anxious about it are also encouraged to seek support. Victim Support can be contacted on 08081689111.
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.