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Manchester attack: Vigils held in Belfast and Derry

A vigil was held at Belfast city hall in solidarity with those affected by the Manchester atrocity. Picture by Hugh Russell
Michael McHugh, Press Association

A VIGIL in solidarity with those affected by the Manchester attack was held at the gates of Belfast City Hall last night.

A small group, including several families with young children, gathered outside the building holding posters which said: "We stand together #Manchester."

Amnesty International's Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan said the event sent a message of support.

"Tonight's vigil outside City Hall is really a spontaneous response by members of the local community and really it is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the citizens of Manchester from the citizens of Belfast," he said.

"To say we share your pain, and it is a response that is about a sense of community, a sense of humanity and the simple message tonight is we stand together."

We Stand Together for Manchester Vigil Belfast City HallPicture by Hugh Russell.

A vigil was also held at the war memorial in Derry yesterday evening.

Members of the city's Muslim community addressed the crowd, which included Westminster candidates the SDLP's Mark Durkan and People Before Profit's Shaun Harkin.

Derry Anti-War Coalition activist, Davy McAuley, called on "all political parties to pledge to make sure this atrocity would not be exploited to promote hatred of the Muslim community and to justify an intensification of the War on Terror".

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