Muslim Organization Co-Organizes Vigil for Bombings Victims, Rally Against Iraq War

July 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 17, 2005 BBC News reported, "Hundreds of people have attended a vigil in memory of those killed or injured in the London bombings. Stop The War Coalition (StWC) and the Muslim Association of Britain organised the rally in Russell Square. Crowds listened to speeches by members from the two groups and Respect MP George Galloway who blamed the war on Iraq for the London bombings. Organisers said their aim was also to show solidarity with the families of victims and the Muslim community... Wasar Altikriti, 18, from the Muslim Youth Group in Leeds told the crowd how they felt ostracised and intimidated by the rest of society after the London bombing. 'When the attacks of 7/7 took place we were all overcome with feelings of sorrow, sadness and dismay. Today these hearts that bled for the victims are filled with bitterness, anguish and fear at being targeted and criminalised for something they did not do.'"