Thousands Attend Trafalgar Square Vigil for London Terror Attack Victims
Crowds gather at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday's attack, at Trafalgar Square in London, Thursday, March 23, 2017. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament. Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to attend a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with the victims and their families and to show that London remains united. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Thousands Attend Trafalgar Square Vigil for London Terror Attack Victims

Thousands of people have gathered in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of the London terror attack.

The vigil, which was scheduled to start at 6pm, was organized by London mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the attack at the nearby House of Parliament which left four dead and 40 injured.


Amongst those remembered will be PC Keith Palmer, mother  Aysha Frade and American tourist Kurt Cochran.

Of the 29 people taken to hospital, seven are said to be in a critical condition.

Also killed in the attack was the terrorist, who has been identified as muslim convert Khalid Masood.

People light candles at a vigil in Trafalgar Square the day after an attack, in London, Britain March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

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People light candles at a vigil in Trafalgar Square the day after an attack, in London, Britain March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Staples

 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square, London to remember those who lost their lives in the Westminster terrorist attack.

 

People attend a vigil in Trafalgar Square the day after an attack, in London, Britain March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

 

A candlelight vigil takes place in Trafalgar Square, London, for the victims of the London terror attack at the Houses of Parliament. March 23, 2017. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has issued an open invitation to all Londoners and visitors to come together in a candlelit vigil to pay tribute to remember the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack.

 

Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey speaking at the candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square, London to remember those who lost their lives in the Westminster terrorist attack.

 

Crowds gather at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s attack, at Trafalgar Square in London, Thursday, March 23, 2017. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament. Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to attend a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with the victims and their families and to show that London remains united. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

People attend a vigil in Trafalgar Square the day after an attack, in London, Britain March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

People attend a vigil in Trafalgar Square the day after an attack, in London, Britain March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Staples

 

A candlelight vigil takes place in Trafalgar Square, London, for teh victims of teh London terror attack at teh Houses of Parliament. March 23, 2017.

Mr Khan told those gathered: ‘Those evil and twisted individuals who tried to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn them.

‘The victims were people who came from all corners of our world. This a time to express our gratitude to the heroism of our police officers and emergency services who ran towards danger to help, and at the same time they encouraged others to run for safety.

‘London is a great city, full of amazing people from all backgrounds. When Londoners face adversity we always pull together.

‘We stand up for our values and show the world we are the greatest city in the world.’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd also addressed the crowd.

Speaking about PC Palmer she said: ‘He was courageous, he was brave, and he was doing his duty.

‘And he was not alone in doing that. I know that all officers of the Met are like that and in my experience, so are all policemen.

‘I want us to say thank you to them all for the great sacrifice and risks they take to keep us safe.’

A group of Muslim men held up a sign saying ‘love for all, hatred for none.’

These events have nothing to do with religion … this is pure terrorism,’ one of them, Ali Raza, a 23-year-old student from London told Reuters.

Gary Hunnam, 28, lives in London, and his partner is a police officer. ‘It really touched us yesterday when I heard that one of them had been attacked so I thought it was good to come out and show solidarity to everyone who was involved,” he said.

Helen Pallot, 26, from just outside London, was holding a bunch of flowers she planned to lay nearby.

‘I have got a lot of friends and family that work five minutes away from there so it just makes you think,” she said. ‘It made me angry and sad and I wanted to come here and show that we can still all be here together.’

Another man held up a handwritten sign saying ‘London will never be beaten. We stand as one and united.’

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