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Multi-faith rally on Westminster terror attack month anniversary

Sat 22 Apr 2017
By Alex Williams

Christian representatives are joining a multi-faith rally in London on Saturday afternoon one month after the Westminster terror attack.

They will join Jewish, Muslim and Hindu counterparts to remember five people, including a police officer, who died at the hands of 52 year old Khalid Masood on Westminster Bridge and at the Palace of Westminster.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association which is organising the event outside Downing Street, told Premier the intention is promote unity.

He said: "The whole idea about this is to show how people of all faiths, of all diversity are offended by the terrorism attacks that are happening but not fearful."

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Award-winning acro dancer, Latasha Sinclair will reenact the attack in a dance, while the socio-politically-minded band Ooberfuse will perform live.

Following the rally, up to 1,000 people are expected to attend a procession at 2pm along Whitehall to Pall Mall where are a wreath will be laid by the National Police Memorial.

Paying tribute to PC Keith Palmer who was stabbed to death by Masood on 22nd March, Wilson Chowdhry said: "He sacrificed his life that others might live.

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"We feel that it might be a small gesture on our part, and on the part of Londoners and people in Britain everywhere, to come and attend this event just to remember that sacrifice."

Nazi Holocaust survivor Dr Martin Stern, Dr Taj Hargey Imam for the Muslim Centre for Education and Ranbir Singh chairman of the Hindu Human Rights Group are among other leaders expected to attend the event.

Wilson Chowdhry added: "The terrorists themselves undertake their extreme violence and their terrorism simply to build division amongst communities. Our intention is to remove those blocks."

A vigil at Trafalgar Square held the day after the attack was attended by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Wilson Chowdhry:

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