London Mayor Issues Statement About Attacks and Diversity of City

July 7, 2005

Source: Financial Times,dwp_uuid=46d6f5a8-d260-11d8-b661-00000e2511c8.html

On July 7, 2005 the Financial Times published the text of a statement delivered by Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, in response to the terrorist attacks on the city's mass transit system. In his statement, Livingstone said, "I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.

That isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is... They seek to turn Londoners against each other... Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I’m proud to be the mayor of that city."