Thursday, July 07, 2005


Fausto Bertinotti has made what, I think, is the best statement from the Left on today's terrorist atrocity in London.

“What occurred in London is the atrocity of a barbarism. Peaceful people should mobilise”

Once again violence is upsetting the world. Any place, any city, any country may become a stage for devastation and death. Women and men of any ethnic group, any age, any social condition are seeing their innocent lives destroyed. This is the atrocity of a barbarism. Today terrorism is upsetting London and the world. The spiral of war and terrorism is the terrifying background — both are the enemies of humanity. Last Saturday in Edinburgh a big white-clad march addressed poverty and war in peaceful and nonviolent language. Now the anti-war movement should become a key player in a worldwide mobilisation against terrorism and war. Only the people can stop this horrible violence.

Press Statement by Fausto Bertinotti, Chair of the European Left Party


'James O' drew my attention to this statement from Preston Respect, which I think is very good, too. What's especially impressive about it, is that it's signed by representatives of several faith groups and other social organisations.

Like all people across Britain we are shocked and horrified by the explosions in London today. Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and those who were injured.

There can be no justification for deaths and injuries to civilians – whether those deaths are in London or Baghdad, Kabul or New York, Falluja or Madrid.

London is a great multi-cultural city and the bombs have affected people from all communities.

It is important that we stand together and do not let people use today’s horrors to divide us and foster suspicion at the normal daily activities of some within the minority communities in this country.

We would like to pass on our praise and thanks to those in the emergency services who have worked so hard to deal with those who have been hurt and injured or trapped on trains and buses – they provide an invaluable service for our community."

Cllr Michael Lavalette
Vijayanti Chauhan (Chair, Preston Faith Forum)
Mo. Saeed Ahmed (Jamea Masjid)
Rev. James Watterson (Carey Baptist Church)
Mo. Elyas Desai (Jamea Mosque)
Rev Ken Walton (Central Methodist Church)
Father Michael Murphy (St Augustine’s, Preston)
Steve Harman, (Brigade Sec. Lancs FBU)
Andy Tatchell (Branch Sec. Lancs and Cumbria CWU)
Estelle Cooch (Lancashire Youth Council)
Mukhtar Master (Lancashire Branch Unison [pc])

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