#WeAreNotAfraid: Londoners persevere after Parliament attack that killed American visiting
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Westminster near Londons house of Parliament, citizens of the U.K.’s capital city and Brits around the world are remaining strong and showing their solidarity
Across social media, the amount empathy and strength of the support for London was huge. The hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid was trending on Twitter Thursday, as Londoners mourned their losses and rallied for their country.
The Oval tube station tweeted a sign outside their doors showing their support.
Thursday 23rd March Thought Of The Day From Oval Station #IAmLondon #wearenotafraid #Ilovelondon pic.twitter.com/Jouvwb6JvG
— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) March 23, 2017
The Richmond and Chiswick Park tube stations posted their support as well.
Empowering quote this morning at Richmond station after the events at Westminster yesterday. #WeStandTogether #WeAreNotAfraid @BBCNews @ITV pic.twitter.com/HZlJZzK64e
— Sophie Yiannouris (@SophieYiannouri) March 23, 2017
Other users tweeted began circulating an image of the London underground symbol, with the words ‘we are not afraid’ emblazoned on it.
Londoners share messages of solidarity with #WeAreNotAfraid https://t.co/grDCloh6kK pic.twitter.com/0zcygSD3oY
— The Times of London (@thetimes) March 23, 2017
Regardless of the content, a central theme emerged — Londoners would not let this defeat them.
#WeAreNotAfraid Or rather, I am; but I’m damned if I’m going to let that stop me doing anything differently. I’m a bladdy Londoner.
— (((MCabourn-Smith))) (@MCabournSmith) March 22, 2017
We don’t defeat hate with hate.
We defeat darkness with light.
I love Britain and I love London. #LondonStrong
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) March 22, 2017
London will react today the way it always does to terror attacks. Pick itself up, dust down, and just get on with it. #LondonStrong
— Mark Donovan (@markydonovan) March 22, 2017
Offline, London celebrities based around the world were asking for support.
Princess Kate, who was scheduled to appear at a luncheon for mental health awareness, used the beginning of her speech to ask for support for the victims and their families.
“Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster,” she said. “We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”
Queen Elizabeth also voiced her support for the victims, as she postponed a visit to Scotland Yard in the wake of the attack.
Singer Adele dedicated her song “Make You Feel My Love” to the victims, during a concert in New Zealand.
“I want them to see our lights and to hear us,” she said.
During ‘The Late Late Show’, host James Corden expressed his sympathies for his hometown, but reminded viewers just how strong Londoners are.
“One thing is for sure: If this act of terrorism was supposed to divide the people of London, I know for a fact that all something like this does is bring them closer together as one,” Corden said.
“Tonight, we send our heartfelt thoughts to everybody in Britain. Stay safe.”
On Thursday, British authorities identified the attacker as Khalid Masood, 52, a man who was born in the country and had a history of petty crime.
One American Kurt Cochran, was killed in the attack. Cochran was on a 25th anniversary trip with his wife, who was hospitalized in the attack.
A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017