The people of Liverpool have stood in silence for the 96 football supporters who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster, 20 years ago.
The centre of the UK port city came to a halt as citizens observed a two-minute tribute to the victims crushed to death on April 15, 1989. While at Anfield, Liverpool’s ground, Britain’s Culture Secretary Andy Burnham was forced to pause as the crowd, angry that no-one has been held to account for the tragedy, called for justice. The victims’ families have kept up a campaign to have the events which led to the deaths fully investigated, despite an official report criticising police for their failure to control the situation. All those who died, during an FA Cup semi final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground, were Liverpool fans. But the jeers turned to cheers and tears as 25,000 fans, led by the famous Kop, broke into a rendition of the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”