Stand Together for Peace was the message of a vigil organised by the Bristol Multi Faith Forum, which Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens was invited to speak at yesterday evening (August 6, 2015).
Members of the Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Bahia communities joined the PCC, Bristol Lord Mayor Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson and High Sheriff of Bristol Ros Kennedy, amongst others on College Green in the city for a one minute silence.
The event, which was open to representatives from all faith groups across the city to share their thoughts, lead songs and prayers, was held out of respect for the recent attacks in Tunisia, France, Kuwait and across the Middle East. The event also marked the 10 year anniversary of 7/7.
Speaking at the vigil, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am still deeply saddened by both the more recent events in Tunisia and France and those more historic but not forgotten events, which have all affected the communities of Avon and Somerset differently over the past ten years.
“Our communities will also have been left understandably feeling unsettled by what happened during these recent events. We all have a right to be safe and feel safe in the community we live. Nobody should be made to feel frightened and left feeling vulnerable from threat of attack or people seeking to create disharmony.
“We, our communities are stronger when we stand together and the message is clear that abrasive and destructive behaviour will not be tolerated. Today we stand together to show unity and equality. Today we stand together to celebrate our differences and diversity. Today we stand together for peace.”
Earlier in the week Chair of the Bristol Multi Faith Forum, Tracy Lewis and Lily Khandker, Development Officer spoke to BB C Radio Bristol about the Peace Vigil. You can listen to them speaking here (2 hours, 10 minutes into the programme).
For more information about the Peace Vigil or the Bristol Multi Faith Forum you can visit their website www.bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk
Posted on Friday 7th August 2015