Manifestation for love unites Stockholmers

At 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon a manifestation was held on Sergels torg in central Stockholm, some 100 metres from where the truck rammed into the department store Åhléns City. Sveriges Radio reports that tens of thousands showed up to show their support and solidarity, and to mourn and honour the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack. “No one gets to decide how we live our lives” said Damon Rasti, the person behind the manifestation, adding that “we stand united as Stockholmers, Swedes, and human beings”. A number of speeches were held by, among others the TV host Rickard Sjöberg, and the mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård (S). Several musicians performed as well, including Sarah Dawn Finer and Miriam Bryant. At precisely 2:53 pm – the same time as the attack on Friday – a silent minute was held, to honour the victims of the attack.

At 12pm on 10 April, the City of Stockholm will hold an official ceremony to observe a national minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of Friday’s attack. The event is held in the City Hall garden for invited guests and in the presence of dignitaries. SVT will broadcast the event live starting at 11.30am. The Mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård, the County Council Finance Commissioner, Irene Svenonius, and the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, will speak. The Riksdag is represented by the Speaker and vice Speakers. HM The King and HM The Queen, HRH Crown Princess, HRH Prince Daniel, HRH Prince Carl Philip, HRH Princess Sofia, the diplomatic corps, the Stockholm City Council, and the Stockholm County Council will participate.

Edgar Mannheimer is a journalist at Mundus News. Edgar has a passion for politics, foreign affairs and music. He grew up in Egypt, the US, Stockholm, and Jordan, following his mother’s job as a foreign correspondent. Bilingual with English as an academic language and Swedish as his mother tongue, he returned to Sweden to study at Lund University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. During his time in Lund he was editor-in-chief of Radio UPF, the radio committee of the Association of Foreign Affairs, and also started a music program as a solo project. After Lund, he moved to Stockholm and recieved a Master’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University’s media institution, JMK.