There will be a vigil outside the mosque in St Leonards this Friday for local people to show solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Christchurch in New Zealand at the end of last week.
Dr Felicity Laurence of Hastings Community of Sanctuary says: “Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project have organised a vigil outside the mosque and we are asking everyone to join us who would like to show solidarity after the dreadful attack in Christchurch and the revelations of such widespread Islamophobia and other racist discourse throughout so much of Western society now being revealed.
“The Imam has already told me that he is receiving many messages of support, and as a New Zealander and as a representative of Hastings Community of Sanctuary I took flowers to the Mosque last Friday, as soon as I could after hearing about the attack from my family. They are sending so many pictures of the vigils all around the country – tens of thousands of people standing up in sorrow and solidarity.
“We hope as many people as possible will join us there between 1pm and 2pm on Friday.”