The 22 May terrorist attack was a tragedy. But if the response both locally and internationally proves one thing, it’s that you can’t beat the human spirit.
Even as the chaos was unfolding, people responded with compassion, solidarity and giving. Within minutes, locals were pledging support to emergency services. Both the Greater Manchester Police and the NHS received particular praise:
No matter what happens, the emergency services are always running head first into danger. Massive respect and thanks are needed for them all
— Stan (@ABlueHorizon_) May 22, 2017
Close behind were personal offers of help. Offers of lifts home, shelter and support poured in:
— NikNak (@NicoleKent2) May 22, 2017
— Chris Dadswell (@Dadswell37) May 23, 2017
People in the UK can rest assured that Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with them.
At an evening vigil in Manchester on 23 May, meanwhile, thousands of people gathered to show the city’s resilience.
— DW News (@dwnews) May 23, 2017
Bishop of Manchester David Walker said:
We will pull through the events of last night because we will stand together… whatever our background, whatever our religion, whatever our beliefs and our politics. We will stand together to say that this city is greater than the forces that align… against it. As we say that, we’re sending a signal – not just to Manchester but across the world – that you cannot defeat us. Because love, in the end, is always stronger than hate.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 23, 2017
Local poet Tony Walsh, meanwhile, read the following poem of defiance, saying at the end:
Choose love, Manchester.
— I was a JSA claimant (@imajsaclaimant) May 23, 2017
And the best way to defeat hatred, division and fear is indeed to focus on the opposite sentiments. To foster more love, more unity, and more hope. Today, the people of Manchester demonstrated that spirit in droves. Tomorrow, we must all do the same.
– Be kind to each other. Show compassion. And stand with Manchester.
– Those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the 22 May terror attack can call this emergency number: 0800 096 0095.
– For more coverage of the attack, see here.
Featured image via flickr
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