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Newbury's Muslim community condemns Westminster terror attack

Multi-faith event will be held to show that "terrorists will not divide us"

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Newbury to remember Westminster attack victims this week

A MULTI-faith event to condemn last month's Westminster terror attack will be held in Newbury this week. 

Newbury Mosque and Muslim Youth Group (MYG) will be uniting to show solidarity and remember those who were killed and injured.

The group said that "all participants agreed that we strongly condemn the attack in London Westminster and are coming together on the 5th of April 2017 to show unity and solidarity in response to this outrage by an insane individual and will not allow terrorists to divide us."

Members will walk from the mosque in Pound Street to Newbury town hall at 2pm on Wednesday, April 5. 

A minute's silence for the victims of the attack - PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade, and Leslie Rhodes - and a laying of flowers will be held 2.40pm. 

Prayers lead by Imam Mobasshir Mushtaq and the Revd David McLeod from St Mary’s Church in Greenham will then be held; followed by speeches from local Muslim leaders, Newbury MP Richard Benyon and the mayor of Newbury, Julian Swift-Hook.

All are welcome at the event, which is part of the Community Cohesion Initiative. 

The attack was carried out by Khalid Masood, who drove a car into pedestrians on Westimister Bridge before crashing into railings outside the Palace of Westminster on March 22. 

Masood then ran through the palace gates and stabbed PC Palmer before being shot by police.  

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  • Mobasshir

    10/04/2017 - 23:11

    We are all Humans. Humanity is what brings us together. We should respect each other (I am saying this to myself), respect each other's faith and learn to live in harmony with each other. People who commit barbaric acts such as the one in Westminster London has no place in any religion. If a driver makes a mistake we cannot start blaming the manufacturer of the car. If more us start thinking behaving humanily, the world would be a lot nicer place.

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  • Hammerthebookie

    05/04/2017 - 19:07

    I am with UKIP as well . Look Jonny !! UKIP is getting stronger by the hour .

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    • JonnyRoberts87

      06/04/2017 - 13:01

      They really aren't. The new leader isn't as charismatic as Farage, he's been shown to be duplicitous on Hillsborough which is a big no-no if you want to win in the North and the polls have you down as many voters shift back to the Tories who have stolen UKIP's flagship policies of hard Brexit and Grammar Schools.

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  • DonCossack

    04/04/2017 - 00:12

    "terrorists will not divide us" - It really doesn't matter how many times you say it, it won't make it true. They clearly do divide us. That's the point. Just go outside and talk to normal people in confidence and on a personal level and you'll hear a wide-range of opinions that clearly show a strong divide. In fact, go talk to people of all different ethnicities and you'll hear just how divided British society is as a whole. The fact there are so many different ethnic, cultural, linguistical and political divides in our society just shows how fragmented we really are. "will not divide us" - p*ss off, your very presence in our town shows a divide in some respects.

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    • Bombey

      04/04/2017 - 15:03

      An here was I thinking the Don Cossacks were a tolerant bunch.

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    • JonnyRoberts87

      04/04/2017 - 12:12

      "your very presence in our town" I'm sorry but who made it your town above anyone else's? Muslims or indeed anyone of any faith or none is very welcome in Newbury if you disagree, sorry but it's not just your town, it really is 'our' town i.e. belonging to everyone who lives here. By the way, many people of Muslim faith are born and raised in Newbury so how it could be anything other than their town I have no idea.

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      • DonCossack

        04/04/2017 - 12:12

        "who made it your town above anyone else's" - what? no-one did, hence the reason I said "our" and not "my". You'll never get voted in with that level of reading comprehension, Jonny.

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        • JonnyRoberts87

          05/04/2017 - 16:04

          My point was your use of 'our' was exclusionary. It suggested that the Muslim community of the town was not entitled to either be here at all or at least consider themselves co-owners of 'our' town. I'm not standing for election so you can calm yourself on that front too, though I suspect UKIP don't have much chance of ever winning in Newbury so your racist views won't be fully indulged.

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        • The Wise one

          05/04/2017 - 19:07

          Jonny as a member of the Newbury branch of UKIP I would say watch this space.

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        • JonnyRoberts87

          06/04/2017 - 13:01

          Bless your enthusiasm but May has stolen your key policies of hard Brexit and Grammar Schools. I don't think a twin issue campaign of bringing back the death penalty and scrapping overseas aid is going to propel you to power in a place like Newbury which has voted Liberal in recent memory and elects a Liberal Conservative member currently. There's more chance that Benyon would drop the Tory whip and join a new Osborne and Clegg-led party than UKIP securing a majority here.

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  • Hammerthebookie

    03/04/2017 - 21:09

    The individual who carried out the horror on Westminster bridge was not associated to any religion. Why bring it all up again for the poor families who lost their loved ones. I really cannot see any reason for doing what you intend to do, apart from the publicity it brings upon yourselves. Just leave these poor families alone now

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