British survivors of the Tunisia beach massacre have praised the actions of locals and hotel staff who formed a human shield to protect tourists.
According to those who were at the holiday resort when the shooting began, their actions “saved many lives”.
After the Mail Online described those in the photo as “horrified onlookers”, some of the commenters were critical of the dozen or so men shown standing on the beach, asking why they weren’t doing anything to help.
However, John Yeoman, who was on holiday with his wife at a neighbouring resort when the shooting began, tweeted:
Those in the background formed a human shield to protect another hotel they are not watching they saved many lives.
When they flew home to Manchester, Mr Yeoman’s wife met another holidaymaker who had been on the beach during the shootings. He told her how he and his girlfriend were on the beach when the attack started and how a hotel chef came running towards them, telling them to run for their lives.
Mrs Yeoman said:
He was the one who told them that the line of people they could see ahead of them were staff from the hotel. He said to this couple that they were telling the gunman, ‘You’ll have to get past us and we’re Muslims’.
Obviously I don’t know the exact words but that was pretty much what they were saying. They’d actually made a human barricade – ‘You’re not going to get past us, you’ll have to kill us’.
Mrs Yeoman added that the extreme bravery of the staff “makes you have a little more faith in humanity” and disproves the ridiculous suggestion that Muslims are all violent extremists.
Everyone seems to think, ‘It’s the Muslims, it’s the Muslims’, but it is not, it is not their way. There are no words to express how grateful we are to them (the staff).