Newham Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, Stephen Timms MP, Councillors and religious leaders spoke passionately against the foul vile haters, who have murdered innocents in Christchurch, Pittsburg, Manchester and so many other places.
Afterwards, many of us went with the Mayor to join the "Stand up to Racism" march in Central London which ended up at a rally in Whitehall.
My own personal views were echoed by many of the speakers at the vigil and the rally.
We were doing at least 3 important things that day.
- We were there firstly, to grieve and show solidarity with those murdered or injured at Christchurch.
- Secondly, to publicly demonstrate against and campaign against the scourge of fascism, bigotry and hate in all its forms.
- Thirdly, out of misery and tragedy sometimes there can be a positive. Despite this latest mass murder by haters, why can there not be be a rainbow alliance of everyone opposed to hate?
WE are the many - the Haters are the real "other".