Britain held a minute of silence earlier today to mark the 10th anniversary of the bombings in London’s transport system that took the lives of 52 people.
The tribute came just four days after a minute of silence for the victims in Tunisia. In that attack, 38 people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire on a beach and hotel before police took him down. Of the victims, thirty were British.
The authorities and security services in the country warned its citizens that the threat is not over and that they’re alert for any other attempts. “Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly – the murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement.
Families, survivors and politicians all gathered to remember those who lost their lives in the attack. In a morning ten years ago, just a day after it was announced that London would be the next host of the Olympic Games, four young British men went to the capital and detonated four bombs. Three of them in underground trains and another in a bus. The first three attacks happened around the same time, while the fourth happened almost an hour later.
The men killed themselves in the attack and took the lives of 52 others and injured more than 700. Victims were from all over the world, including New Zealand, Poland, Australia, Israel, Italy, France, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Vietnam.
Minute Of Silence
On Tuesday, Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson stood in silence at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park, where victims families and survivors met to remember those who lost their lives. Prince William would later show up to join the commemoration.
The biggest commemoration was held at at St Paul’s Cathedral, where all the victims were mentioned. The stations attacked also had floral tributes in their steps. Esther Hyman, 46, whose sister Miriam was killed on the No. 30 bus when it was blown up at Tavistock Square, told Reuters many young people have forgotten or don’t know what happened that day.
“The events of 7/7 do seem to have slipped out of public consciousness,” said Hyman, who with her mother have started a program to talk about the attacks and help kids stay away from these groups. Britain is currently alert for any attacks, after many of its citizens have abandoned the country and joined the groups committing these acts of violence. Officials believe the young people leaving could try to come back and try to do what these men did ten years ago or what the student did in Tunisia.
The government is planning new laws to combat terrorism, which some say is an assault on freedom because they would give security services extra surveillance powers. “The terrible events in London on 7 July, 2005 are enduring reminders of the reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent,” Andrew Parker, head of Britain’s domestic spy agency, said in a statement.