On the invitation of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, crowds of Londoners gathered in Trafalgar Square in a candlelit vigil to pay tribute to the 40 injured and 4 killed in the Westminster terror attack the day before.
The Mayor joined by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig MacKey, invited both tourists and Londoners to pay their respects to the victims and the come together in solidarity against terror.
Mr Khan had encouraged “everyone visiting our city” to join together in memory of those who lost their lives and “to show the world that we are more committed than ever to the values that we hold dear – that we remain united and open”.
Rudd described PC Palmer who was killed in the attack as “courageous, brave and doing his duty”.
“They will not win, we are all connected and we showed that today by coming together, by going to work, by getting about our normal business, because the terrorists will not defeat us, we will defeat them,” she said of the attack. “We are strong in our values and proud of our country.”
Khan delivered a message of strength before a minute silence taken to remember those killed and injured in the attack:
“We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday, but also to send a clear message Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.
Those evil and twisted individuals who try to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn them. Our hearts are with the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer, of Aysha Frad,e of Kurt Cochran and all those injured in the attack yesterday.
The victims were people who came from all corners of the world and this is a time to express our gratitude to the heroism of our police officers and our emergency services who ran towards danger to help and who at the same time encouraged others to run to safety.
London is a great city full of amazing people from all backgrounds and when Londoners face adversity we always pull together. We stand up for our values and we show the world we are the greatest city in the world. Our response to this attack on our city, to this attack on our way of life, to this attack on our shared values shows the world what it means to be a Londoner.”