**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Progressive Congress Statement on Terrorist Attack in Manchester, England
Washington, D.C.— Our hearts go out to the families and friends of people lost in the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, England. Last night, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, a terrorist detonated an explosive device in the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring 59 others. Many at this concert were young people, excited and happy to be there to enjoy the music. It is heart-wrenching that these innocent people were targeted for such a heinous crime. No amount of thoughts and prayers is enough to ease the pain and devastation of these families.
We stand with the city of Manchester to face this cowardly act of pure hatred and violence, for which Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility. There is nothing so base and vile as the targeting of innocent children and families. Yet, throughout the world, that is a daily reality, a product of endless wars and conflict where the concept of terror has been weaponized.
These terrorist attacks are often cruelly and cynically used to provoke a response of aggression and further fuel a sick ideology— yet, instead of meeting hate with hate, the residents of Manchester have opened their arms and their homes to help citizens and newcomers alike. People flooded the streets and social media with offers of help and services, from a place to sleep to warm food to blood donations.
That spirit of kindness and warmth has stood in stark contrast to this dark tragedy. As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
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