Man Fleeing Terror Attack With Beer In Hand Becomes Symbol Of London’s Resilience

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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One man has emerged as an unlikely symbol of strength and resilience in the wake of the latest London terror attacks.

Three armed men carried out a deadly terrorist attack in London Saturday, smashing a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing civilians in the nearby Borough Market. As fear and panic spread, many people stepped up to offer shelter and assistance to those in need, yet a man fleeing the scene of the attack with his beer in hand is becoming a symbol of London’s spirit.

The perceived message is that terrorism will not stop the British from enjoying a pint, signaling the country’s defiance.

Some observers noted that it was the right move given the high prices of beer.

Some were troubled by the fact that people were making jokes so soon after a terror attack, which killed four and injured nearly fifty other people, but others found humor in such a dark time refreshing.

After striking pedestrians on the bridge, the attackers went from bar to bar in Borough Market, stabbing people with foot-long hunting knives. Eyewitnesses claim that people in the bar fought back, throwing pint glasses and chairs.

On the bridge, one police officer was injured after facing down an armed terrorist with nothing more than a baton. The chief constable said he demonstrated “enormous courage.”

Authorities shot and killed the three attackers, and police have arrested a dozen suspects in the case.

While the attack has been declared a terrorist attack, it is still unclear which group perpetrated the attack, as no group has yet claimed responsibility.

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