SPOT: We will not be divided

As Solidarity with the People of Turkey campaign group we are horrified by the terrorist attack on young concert goers in Manchester on Monday nightand condemn those responsible. We would like to send our condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and to the injured. The hard work and courage of the emergency services and transport workers who worked very effectively under huge pressure to evacuate the area should be commended.

No doubt those at the concert would have attended with high expectations that it would be a night to remember, as a treat or a birthday present. This is not how the night should have come to an end. The targeting of innocent civilians, particularly at a concert made up of so many young people is devastating for those impacted and the country as a whole.

We will not allow these terror attacks to divide our communities. We stand in solidarity with those impacted and with people all over the world fighting against terror and oppression. We refuse to be frightened and will continue to challenge all forms of attacks, including those fostered and encouraged by irresponsible governments and political leaders.

The terrorism that plagues us here is also tearing apart countries across the world and we call on our government to end its warmongering politics in the Middle East, which is having a hugely negative impact on our security at home and to take diplomatic steps to promote peace and security at home and abroad.

Finally we oppose any attempt to whip up racist division and stand against any racist backlash.

In solidarity

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT)

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