Over this weekend, a number of vigils will be held to honour the lives of those lost during the terror attack at Westminster.
On Friday evening, MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) Community has planned to hold a nationwide Unity Vigil against Hatred and Division. In Bristol, this will take place outside Primark, Broadmead at 17.30.
Bristol Cathedral has also planned a vigil for all to take place at College Green on Sunday afternoon.
Bristol City Council displayed its solidarity with London following the attack by flying their flags at half-mast.
Marvin Rees also tweeted Sadiq Khan, offering his support mayor to mayor.
— Mayor of Bristol (@MarvinJRees) March 22, 2017
In an open letter from ‘Avon and Somerset Chief Constable’ Andy Marsh and ‘Police and Crime Commissioner’ Sue Mountstevens, the police have asked that the people of Bristol remain united and “not allow terrorism or hatred to prevail.”
They continue, “Over the coming days and weeks we will be reaching out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve. Let us be clear, there can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.”
The attack was the first terrorist incident at the Palace of Westminster since Airey Neave was assassinated in 1979, and the first in London since the 2015 attack in Leytonstone tube station.
The attack occurred on the first anniversary of the 2016 Brussels bombings.