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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:08 pm
Tattooed hairdressers, Guardian staffers, council workers, Italian business analysts, couples, Turkish students, photo researchers, Vietnamese IT experts, healthcare specialists, Israeli charity workers, Bangladeshi bank cashiers, Glasgow mission volunteers, Afghans, French, fathers, mothers … all among the dead following July 7’s terrorist attacks. Also murdered was Giles Hart:
A ‘Champion of liberty and human rights’ who helped Lech Walesa deliver Poland from totalitarian rule has been confirmed among the victims of the London bus bombing.
Giles Hart, 55, a prominent British supporter of Walesa’s Solidarity movement in Poland throughout the 1980s, was also chairman of the HG Wells Society and a member of the Humanist Society and Anti-Slavery Society.
Mr Hart was on his way to work as a BT engineer in Islington when he was killed by the explosion on the No 30 bus. He leaves behind his Polish wife Danuta, daughter Maryla, 21, son Martin, 17, mother Elsie, 85, and sister Erica. As the official death toll rose to 55 yesterday, Mr Hart’s family said in a statement: ‘Giles was always a champion of liberty and human rights and a campaigner against political injustice and bigotry. It is tragic that he fell victim to the very evil against which he had struggled.’
Hart supported Solidarity because he “was pleased to find a campaign that recognised the totalitarian nature of communist Eastern Europe, instead of referring to the Soviet Union as a ‘socialist state where workers have real trade union rights’.” I wonder what he would have made of the BBC’s failure to recognise terrorists.
Three London Underground stations have been evacuated following “incidents”. Emergency services personnel have also responded to reports of an incident on a bus in Hackney Road, junction near Colombia Road, east London.
London Ambulance Service said there were are no reported casualties at Warren Street, Shepherds Bush and Oval tube stations. Stations were evacuated.
Further details on the bus incident are currently unknown.
Passengers at Warren Street reported seeing smoke and there were unconfirmed reports of some kind of explosion at Warren Street station. Other reports indicate that gunshots were fired, or that a nail bomb went off.
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