In London, a vigil for victims of knife attacks



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In London, a vigil for victims of knife attacks



A vigil was held in London on Monday for two people killed not far from London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been conditionally released from jail some time ago, and that incident put the justice system at the center of the election campaign ten days before the UK general election.

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, former students active in an inmate rehabilitation program, were killed Friday when Usman Khan attacked participants in a rehabilitation conference near London Bridge with a knife.



40% justice cuts, fewer cops and prison officers, probation privatization fiasco, courts shut and jails turned into universities of terror from which jihadis graduate yet after nine years they still cynically blame another political party https://t.co/zTdnEvwPFw

– Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) December 2, 2019

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on the vigil that the capital's citizens had come together in a spirit of defiance to show that London would never be intimidated by terrorism.

“The best way to defeat this threat is not to turn against each other, but to focus on the values ​​that bind us together and to have a reputation for the heroism of ordinary Londoners and members of the emergency services who have not retreated in danger.”

The attack became an important political issue ahead of the December 12 election.

Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that if he wins the election, he will take a sharper stance on the earlier release of sentenced prisoners, while criticizing opposition leader Labor MP Jeremy Corbyn, whom he described as lenient on terrorism.

Labours, however, argue that after decades of conservative government in which funding for police and social services has declined, it is increasingly difficult to fight terrorism, monitor the behavior of former prisoners and reintegrate them into society.

Both Johnson and Corbyn attended a vigil for the two killed at Guildhall Yard in London City.

In an incident on Friday, a gunman stabbed people at Fishmongers Hall, a building on the north end of London Bridge that hosted an inmate rehabilitation conference in which the attacker also participated. He was shot dead by British police after he was stabbed to death and killed three others before being beaten by bystanders.

The attacker, identified as Usman Khan, is a former prisoner convicted of terrorism. According to media reports, he was wearing an electronic bracelet after his parole. In 2012, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for belonging to a group that wanted to commit a bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange.

In London, a vigil for victims of knife attacks

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