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Women Link Hands Along Westminster Bridge in Tribute to Victims

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Updated: 28 March 2017
100 women linked hands and stood in silence for five minutes on Sunday afternoon on Westminster Bridge as a sign of respect and solidarity, four days after the attack on Parliament by a lone fanatic.

The action was organised by Women’s March London in remembrance of the people who lost their lives, or were injured in the attack.

Rev Anna Macham told the Guardian, ‘I was so shocked by events this week and I wanted to stand alongside my Muslim sisters and show that what unites us is greater than what divides us.’

The action was a defiant move to show that terrorism will not fuel hatred or suspicion of each other and to reclaim Westminster Bridge back from being a crime scene.

Mary Bennett, one of the women holding hands, told the BBC, ‘I am here to show that in a quiet way we continue to go where we like and do what we like in London. This is my city. It’s a very small gesture but life is made up of small gestures.’

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Spokeswoman Emma McNally told the Guardian:

‘This is a simple statement of women coming together and standing together, reclaiming Westminster Bridge as an expression of solidarity in London and across the UK.’

In case you didn’t see the million strong marches back in January, the Women’s March is a movement that is protesting against gender inequality, Donald Trump and assaults on already existing human rights. Women’s March London is now focusing on issues surrounding equality and says on Facebook,

‘Our liberation is bound in each other’s. The Women’s March on London includes organisations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honour the legacy of the movements before us – the suffragists and abolitionists, the trade unionists, the feminist movement, the gay rights movement, anti-poll tax, anti-austerity, anti-war, support for refugees and migrants, environmental rights, anti-racism, anti-Islamophobia and more – by employing a decentralised, leader-full structure and focusing on an ambitious, fundamental and comprehensive agenda.’