LONDON, 17 Mar 2019 [Fik/News Sources]: Jeremy Corbyn held a vigil on Friday evening for the victims of the Islamophobic terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand.
The leader of U.K.'s main opposition Labour Party joined a large demonstration in his local constituency that called for an end to global Islamophobia and sent messages of condolences, unity and solidarity to the families of the victims murdered in Christchurch city.
“Friends i want to thank you for being here tonight because of this awful event that happened in New Zealand. But its also a demonstration of what our local community is about here in Finsbury Park. We’re black, we’re white, we’re Muslim, we’re Christian, we’re Hindu, we are from all parts of the world and we are from all faith,” Corbyn said to a large crowd.
“And when any of us is attacked, we are all attacked. When any of our buildings are attacked, we are all attacked and today we stand in the deepest sympathy and solidarity with those people in Christchurch,” Corbyn added.
“They went to the mosque as they do on Friday to pray and be part of their community. Somebody went in and gunned down almost 50 people. This was an Islamophobic attack on people peacefully going about their right to pray, their right to assemble”.
Corbyn drew comparisons between the Christchurch terrorist attack and the one that took place in his constituency in the summer of 2017 in which Makram Ali was killed when a far right extremist drove his van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers.
The Labour head called on communities within the U.K. and across the world to stand united against prejudice, fear and bigotry that the response should be “to put our arms around each other even more tightly than ever before and to show the strength of our communities coming together”.
Corbyn accused sections of society who scapegoat minorities of creating a message and atmosphere of hate and racism and that they contribute nothing to society other than division and fear.
“We stand here today as a united community saying no, absolutely no to racism in any form whatsoever in our society”.
Corbyn also took part in a solidarity event at the Finsbury Park Mosque where he condemned the atrocity that saw 49 Muslim worshippers, who were preparing for Friday prayers, massacred.
On Friday afternoon, far-right terrorists massacred 49 Muslim worshippers and injured another scores as they prepared for Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the atrocity as "one of the darkest days" in the country. The terrorist attack is the country’s deadliest mass shooting in history.