Hundreds of people headed to Trafalgar Square last night to pay their respects to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Described as a celebration of freedom of expression, the event saw participants holding placards, pens and flowers as they stood quietly in front of the National Gallery. The vigil was one of a series held around the world to pay tribute to the 12 people murdered at the offices of the satirical French magazine yesterday. Shortly after the incident was reported, thousands started gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris in solidarity with the journalists and cartoonists killed. The supporters held up pens, pencils and notebooks as well as placards saying ‘Je suis Charlie’. The vigil was joined by other events in Toulouse, Lyon and Rennes, and around the world, in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Argentina, Dublin, Washington and at the French embassies in Tokyo and Montreal.
I’m on my way to work and I spotted the remnants of yesterday’s #jesuischarlie vigil at #trafalgarsquare. #CharlieHebdo A photo posted by Martin (@martincervenansky) on
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