Vigil to be held in solidarity with Sikh community in Leith

There have been calls for a vigil to be held
There have been calls for a vigil to be held

Plans have been announced for a vigil to be held in solidarity with the Sikh community in Leith after a fire bomb attack.

A 49-year-old man has been arrested following a police probe into a suspicious fire in a Sikh temple in Leith.

However, a vigil has been planned to show support for those affected by the incident which resulted in the place of worship closing.

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The Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh (MWAE) have urged those to join together to show support with a vigil planned on Thursday August 30 at 5:30pm outside the Gurdwara on Sheriff Brae.

In a statement the MWAE said: “We send our deepest sympathy to the Edinburgh Gurdwara in Leith as they recover after a vicious fire bomb attack.

“Having experienced a similar attack on our place of worship, Central Mosque in Potterow, we know how bad it feels that a small minded individual has victimised a peaceful community by violating their place of worship.

“Such an act of hate is out of place in the wonderfully diverse community of Leith and indeed in Edinburgh.

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“Both the Leith community and the wider city of Edinburgh have shown time and time again that we will not tolerate hate and those who try to divide our flourishing communities.

“With the recent sentencing of two far right terrorists in Edinburgh within a month of each other we need to unite as a community and be strong in our unity to show that the Haters will not win.

“The true face of our city is that of the welcoming place that hosts international visitors all year round and especially in the month of the Fringe and International Festival.

“MWAE will be extending our good wishes to the Sikh community of Edinburgh by holding a peaceful vigil alongside local councillors and community members.

“We call on all those who wish to stand up to hate to join us for a peaceful vigil on Thursday evening outside the Gurdwara at 17:30 to 18:30 at 1 Sherrif Brae.”