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A stamped symbol of freedom. Theresa May poses as an iron lady

(B2) After the attack which hit Westminster this Wednesday (March 22) which left at least 4 dead and 40 injured (1), the exit from a meeting of the special government committee in “Cobra” format, the Prime Minister British Theresa May said: “ The location of this attack was no coincidence.”

A symbol of freedom

“The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values ​​of liberty, democracy and freedom of expression. These streets of Westminster – home to the world's oldest Parliament – ​​are imbued with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the farthest corners of the globe. And the values ​​that our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. This is why it is a target for those who reject these values. »

No lockdown in London

The Prime Minister wanted to reassure immediately: “ any attempt to defeat these values ​​through violence and terror is doomed to failure. Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will meet as normal. Londoners – and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city – will get up and go about their business as usual. They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives. » (2)

Don't give in to terror, don't give in to hate

And to conclude: “Never give in to terror, never let the voices of hate and evil separate us. “Useful clarification:” The UK's threat level has been [at a] severe level for some time and that won't change ».

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) Among the dead, there is 1 police officer (Keith Palmer, 48 years old, former soldier of the Royal Artillery), 3 civilians (a British man, an American and a British woman of Spanish origin) and the attacker (a 52-year-old man). Among the injured, there are not only British but also three French people from Concarneau – two of them seriously – two Romanians, two Greeks, a German, a Pole, an Irishman, an Italian and four South Koreans. Mainly tourists and students.

(2) A totally different vision from the one that presided over Belgium in November 2015 and March 2016, and which seems healthier: getting life back to normal as quickly as possible.


The official narrative as told by the Prime Minister

A single attacker drove his vehicle onto the sidewalk of Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring several others, including three police officers. This attacker, who was armed with a knife, then ran towards Parliament where he was confronted by the police guards. An officer was killed. The terrorist was shot dead.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).