After gunmen killed 12 people at the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ magazine office in Paris on Jan. 7, 100,000 protesters gathered across France to show their overwhelming support for the victims, and the right to freedom of speech.
No one can bring back the police officers and Charlie Hebdo employees who were murdered by suspected Al Qaeda militants in a horrific attack on Jan. 7. But the touching vigel hundreds of thousands of protesters held in honor of the victims is nothing short of amazing. See the heartwrenching pics here.
Paris Shooting Vigil: 100,000 People Gather In Tribute Of 12 Victims Killed
On Jan. 7, thousands of people headed to Republique Square, near the scene of the shooting at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Many protesters toted signs reading “Je suis Charlie,” which means “I am Charlie,” while others held up pens to symbolize freedom of speech, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
Despite the heinous attack, seeing so many people gathered together in solidarity is truly heartwarming.
Earlier that day, masked militants launched an attack on Charlie Hebdo‘s offices, killing 12 people and injuring eight, after seeking out specific journalists by name.
Witnesses said the gunmen revealed themselves to be “from the Al Qaeda in Yemen,” and shouted “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” as they stormed the building.
The mass killing came after the magazine tweeted a cartoon involving Islamic State militant group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Charlie Hebdo cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, Stephane Charbonnier, who is also editor-in-chief, and Bernard Verlhac, also known as Tignous, were all killed in the attack. The magazine’s deputy chief editor Bernard Maris was also killed, as well as two Parisian police officers.
Four of the eight injured victims are in critical condition being treated for life-threatening injuries.
The suspects are still at large, with a police manhunt underway.
President Barack Obama released a powerful statement condemning the gunmen on Jan. 7:
I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.
France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.
France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers.
We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee