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Letter to extremists after the London attack

Extremists seek to drive a stake through the arena of co-existence, to sow fear and hatred. But we Londoners are not going to turn on each other, because that’s not what we do.

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Letter to extremists after the London attack

Extremists seek to drive a stake through the arena of co-existence, to sow fear and hatred. But we Londoners are not going to turn on each other, because that’s not what we do.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Letter to extremists after the London attack

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