This Sunday the whole world was gathered to support France in the tragic events that occurred last Wednesday.
The French Office of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two terrorists killing 4 cartoonists, 5 journalists, 2 police officers and a person from the maintenance.
The French authorities have organised marches all around France for people to express their support after what happened. Not only French people were chocked after the tragedy,the whole was grieving this Wednesday. French people consider what happened as their 9/11.
In France, more than 3.7 millions of people walked in the street. This was a historical mobilisation, the biggest since the Liberation after the Second World War.
A gathering was organised this Sunday in London at Trafalgar square, Ironically.
The place where the imposing statue of Nelson (who defeated Napoleon) illuminates the place.
French student Pauline: ‘For me it’s important to be here and to commemorate what happened. It has been an awful day for France. Now we have to show that we are a united nation, they have tried to shut us up but all they will have obtain is one minute of silence’.
The two terrorists responsible of the slaughter said they did it to revenge the prophet Muhammed. The satirical newspaper published a cartoon where they represented the Muslim prophet.
‘From now on it’s crucial to set :e record straight and not to lump together what happened with Islam. Because those people who claim being Muslim are not. Or if they are they for sure haven’t read the Quran. In our religion it’s forbidden to harm anyone. They didn’t only kill 12 people they have wounded an entire nation’. Farid, French Muslim.
I’m not gonna lie, I have never read Charlie Hebdo in my life,but saying Je suis Charlie doesn’t literally mean that you are Charlie and
that you agree with their points of views and the drawings they published. Saying Je suis Charlie means that you support Freedom of Press, it means that you disagree with what happened, saying that you are Charlie also means that you are Ahmed the police officers that’s die under the bullets’.
Janice, Spanish woman. She came to show her support with what happened in France.
Mostly French people were present for the gathering, they all stayed silent for a while before bursting into the Marseillaise.
Gerard, French Cartoonist was here as well : ‘ It could have been me. I have been drawing for many years. And this is the first time of my life that I want to laugh anymore. They killed one of the best cartoonists of this generation but they are not dead they will live forever through their cartoons. They were so smart and sensible that they could make people laugh even people they did not know’.
This day will remain momentous, firstly for French people but for the rest of the world because the most important people of the political landscape were present in the streets of Paris to join them in their sorrow and prove that all the world is united against terrorism.
Here is an interactive timeline of the events: