This is terrifying. Thousands gathered to mourn the victims of the brutal Paris Attacks on Nov. 15, but were sent into sheer terror and panic when they thought they hear gunshots being fired nearby. The horrifying ordeal sent the mourners running for their lives in search of safety.
While gathered to sit vigil in the aftermath of the Paris Attacks on Nov. 15, thousands of mourners were left terrified when they mistook the sound of firecrackers for gunshots. The massive group of people naturally ran for cover, resulting in a crazy stampede that destroyed the beautiful vigil site.
French police and ministers have imposed a five-day ban on public demonstration, but thousands ignored the request and gathered throughout the city to pay tribute to the victims of the Nov. 13 terrorist attack. But the beautiful moment at Place de la Republique was disrupted when firecrackers went off nearby, and the grieving people were sent into panic.
The large group instinctively began running for their lives, trampling over the flowers and candles that had been set up as they ran for cover. It took 25 minutes for authorities to assure everyone that things were safe, but the whole ordeal truly showed the fear and terror people are living in after Friday’s attacks.
129 are confirmed dead, with more than 300 suffering injuries, after the six-point attack. ISIS terrorists opened fire in busy restaurants, detonated explosives right outside a crowded soccer stadium, where France was playing Germany, and killed 89 people attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert during a hostage situation at Bataclan Theater.
“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” French President Francois Hollande said. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish. France, because it was foully, disgracefully and violently attacked, will be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh.”
Our thoughts remain with France during this incredibly difficult time.
— Alyssa Norwin