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Mourning after London Bridge stabbing attack

People embrace each other in front of placards and tributes to victims on London Bridge, December 2, 2019. London held a vigil for two people killed near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, an incident that thrust criminal justice to the center of a campaign 10 days before a national election.

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People embrace each other in front of placards and tributes to victims on London Bridge, December 2, 2019. London held a vigil for two people killed near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, an incident that...more

People embrace each other in front of placards and tributes to victims on London Bridge, December 2, 2019. London held a vigil for two people killed near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, an incident that thrust criminal justice to the center of a campaign 10 days before a national election. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Jack Merritt, 25, (L) and Saskia Jones, 23, both former students active in a program on prisoner rehabilitation, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a conference about the program beside London Bridge.

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Jack Merritt, 25, (L) and Saskia Jones, 23, both former students active in a program on prisoner rehabilitation, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a conference about the program beside London...more

Jack Merritt, 25, (L) and Saskia Jones, 23, both former students active in a program on prisoner rehabilitation, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a conference about the program beside London Bridge. Metropolitan Police/Handout via REUTERS
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Members of the public attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London, Britain December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Members of the public attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London, Britain December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Members of the public attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London, Britain December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Flowers are laid down for the victims at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Flowers are laid down for the victims at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Flowers are laid down for the victims at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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At the vigil, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the British capital had gathered "in a spirit of defiance to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism."

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At the vigil, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the British capital had gathered "in a spirit of defiance to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism." REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

At the vigil, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the British capital had gathered "in a spirit of defiance to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism." REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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"The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but is by focusing on the values that bind us to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran towards danger."

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"The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but is by focusing on the values that bind us to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran towards danger." REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

"The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but is by focusing on the values that bind us to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran towards danger." REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Friday's attack has become a political issue ahead of the Dec. 12 election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a tougher stance on the release of prisoners if his Conservatives win a majority, criticizing the Centre-left opposition Labour Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn as soft on terrorism. Labour says cuts to policing and social services under a decade of Conservative leadership have made it harder to fight militancy, to track former prisoners and to reintegrate them.

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Friday's attack has become a political issue ahead of the Dec. 12 election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a tougher stance on the release of prisoners if his Conservatives win a majority, criticizing the Centre-left opposition Labour...more

Friday's attack has become a political issue ahead of the Dec. 12 election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a tougher stance on the release of prisoners if his Conservatives win a majority, criticizing the Centre-left opposition Labour Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn as soft on terrorism. Labour says cuts to policing and social services under a decade of Conservative leadership have made it harder to fight militancy, to track former prisoners and to reintegrate them. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Amid the political and media rhetoric, the father of one of the dead called on the media and politicians not to use his son to justify division or hatred. "Don't use my son's death, and his and his colleague's photos - to promote your vile propaganda," David Merritt said in a tweet above images of the front pages of right-wing tabloids, the Daily Mail and Daily Express, both of which described a government plan for a "blitz on freed jihadis." "Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance," he said.

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Amid the political and media rhetoric, the father of one of the dead called on the media and politicians not to use his son to justify division or hatred. "Don't use my son's death, and his and his colleague's photos - to promote your vile...more

Amid the political and media rhetoric, the father of one of the dead called on the media and politicians not to use his son to justify division or hatred. "Don't use my son's death, and his and his colleague's photos - to promote your vile propaganda," David Merritt said in a tweet above images of the front pages of right-wing tabloids, the Daily Mail and Daily Express, both of which described a government plan for a "blitz on freed jihadis." "Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance," he said. Metropolitan Police/Handout via REUTERS
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Saskia Jones, one of two victims of the London bridge stabbing attack, is seen in this undated image. Both the dead were involved in the University of Cambridge's Learning Together program to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners, which was holding the event where the attacker began his rampage.

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Saskia Jones, one of two victims of the London bridge stabbing attack, is seen in this undated image. Both the dead were involved in the University of Cambridge's Learning Together program to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners, which was holding...more

Saskia Jones, one of two victims of the London bridge stabbing attack, is seen in this undated image. Both the dead were involved in the University of Cambridge's Learning Together program to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners, which was holding the event where the attacker began his rampage. Metropolitan Police/Handout via REUTERS
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Johnson and Corbyn both attended the vigil in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London, held to honor the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who intervened.

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Johnson and Corbyn both attended the vigil in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London, held to honor the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who intervened. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Johnson and Corbyn both attended the vigil in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London, held to honor the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who intervened. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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A woman checks her mobile phone next to signs with slogans during a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A woman checks her mobile phone next to signs with slogans during a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A woman checks her mobile phone next to signs with slogans during a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Police officers attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Police officers attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Police officers attend a vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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A police officer stands next to a cordoned area at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

A police officer stands next to a cordoned area at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

A police officer stands next to a cordoned area at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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A commuter looks at flowers and signs left at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

A commuter looks at flowers and signs left at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

A commuter looks at flowers and signs left at the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Commuters walk past the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Commuters walk past the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Commuters walk past the scene of a fatal attack on London Bridge December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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People embrace in front of messages of condolence and floral tributes near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

People embrace in front of messages of condolence and floral tributes near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

People embrace in front of messages of condolence and floral tributes near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Messages of condolence and floral tributes, including a photograph of victim Jack Merritt, are seen near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Messages of condolence and floral tributes, including a photograph of victim Jack Merritt, are seen near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Messages of condolence and floral tributes, including a photograph of victim Jack Merritt, are seen near the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Forensic tents are seen outside a property, which is being searched in connection with the stabbing, in Stafford, Britain, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Forensic tents are seen outside a property, which is being searched in connection with the stabbing, in Stafford, Britain, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Forensic tents are seen outside a property, which is being searched in connection with the stabbing, in Stafford, Britain, November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Forensics officers are seen near the site of an incident at London Bridge, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Forensics officers are seen near the site of an incident at London Bridge, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Forensics officers are seen near the site of an incident at London Bridge, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Empty buses are pictured at London Bridge after a stabbing incident, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Empty buses are pictured at London Bridge after a stabbing incident, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Empty buses are pictured at London Bridge after a stabbing incident, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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