Finsbury Park attack: “Hate is repellent no matter what its form”

Published: 19 June 2017

Following the attack on worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque last night the council’s community cohesion members’ group has released the following statement:

“Once again, on the streets of the UK, we have seen innocent people killed and injured in a horrific attack motivated by hate.

“We stand with our residents in condemning the actions of this terrorist who chose to exercise his hatred through violence and the taking of innocent lives.

“His actions are no more understandable than those of the terrorists in Manchester and on Westminster and London Bridges; there is no excuse for evil.

“Hate is repellent no matter what its form, no matter who is doing the hating and who is the hated.

“The only way to fight hatred is with love, respect and tolerance; showing those values in our everyday lives, uniting when others try and divide us, knowing our friends, neighbourhoods and communities.

“Slough’s people are known for their tolerance, their acceptance of differences and celebration of diversity and we stand together, united against hate in all its forms, strong in our respect for each other.

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the attack, their friends and families; we hope they find peace.”

The flag at the main council headquarters will be flown at half mast as a sign of respect for those killed and injured.

The community cohesion group was set up in 2014 to encourage even more community cohesion in the town.

The cross-party, multi-faith group is made up of: Councillor Mohammed Sharif, Councillor Sohail Munawar, Councillor Madhuri Bedi, Councillor Wal Chahal, Councillor Preston Brooker, Councillor Nora Holledge, Councillor Ishrat Shah and Councillor Joginder Bal.