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In a show of solidarity and defiance in the face of terror, Londoners joined in the #WalkTogether movement on the anniversary of the 7/7 bombings today.
The movement began yesterday when father leaders from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities were joined by survivor Gill Hicks to walk together from King’s Cross to Tavistock Square to launch the campaign yesterday.
#WalkTogether, started by think tank British Future, called on Londoners to get off their bus, train or tube one stop early and walk the last section of their commute in memory of those who died.
Hicks, who was the last person to be rescued alive from the scenes of destruction left behind by the bombers, explained the campaign.
She said: “My life and those around me changed forever on July 7, 2005.
“I believe in the power and brilliance of humanity – my life was saved by strangers, people who never gave up, people who risked their own lives to save mine. To them, I was a precious human life – my rescue wasn’t dependent on my faith, my colour, my gender or wealth.
“Walking Together allows us the time and space to talk, to share and to know the ‘other’. Our unity can offer the strength to not only deter anyone from following the path of violent extremism, but to also build a sustainable peace.”
Londoners were quick to respond to the campaign, with many touching messages of unity and remembrance…
Today we #walktogether. 10 yrs ago, dad kept my younger self company by phone from Cork as I walked(+cried)the 5 miles home from work in EC2— Lynn Crowley/Canham (@wittyname) July 7, 2015
(@wickednellie) July 7, 2015
Remembering all the love ones we lost 10 years ago! So proud to be a Londoner and we will not be beaten! We #walktogether— Nico Aaron Ugbaja (@NicoAaronUgbaja) July 7, 2015
Ten years ago they tried to break our city and our spirit. They failed. Remembering those that need it most today #walktogether #7/7— Guy Hornsby (@DropoutLondon) July 7, 2015
Stepped back into my commuter shoes and walked the bike the last stop to Chancery Lane this morning. Remembering. #walktogether— Nico Hogg (@crashthepips) July 7, 2015
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