Tragedy in Paris

APTOPIX France Attacks RallyOn January 7, 2015, two armed assailants clothed in heavy vests and armed with military grade assault rifles conducted a terrorist attack on the office of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. The men, who are believed to have been working for Al Qaeda, are brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34. Their accomplice was 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, who drove the car up to the office doors. The brothers began their attack by shooting a 42 year-old police officer named Ahmed Merabet. The first shot wounding the officer severely, but he was still able to look up at the men and plead for his life. It was just seconds later that one of the brothers shot Merabet in the head at point blank range, leaving him on the sidewalk to die. Next the brothers moved into the building, slaughtering ten journalists inside, including four of the nation’s most prominent cartoon artists.

These attacks while gruesome and vicious have united people from all over the world who stand for freedom of speech and the annihilation of violence.  Peaceful protests and vigils have taken place in every corner of the world, including a vigil in front of the Eiffel Tower, in which participants held up pens to symbolize free speech and honor the deceased. Also, a popular hashtag, “#jesuisCharlie” (I am Charlie) is now trending worldwide. It stands to show how the world is connecting as one to show the value of speech and call for an end to terrorism.

In addition to the trending hashtag, the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, as well as the deadly shootings at a kosher grocery store and the murder of police officer and civilians alike, all totaling seventeen casualties, sparked a large-scale march in Paris. This march, on Saturday the tenth of January, featured prominent world leaders and millions of citizens from around the world, who rallied to march in Paris, in support of global unity against terrorism and violence.

Despite the senseless and gruesome violence at their headquarters and in Paris, the Charlie Hebdo magazine vowed not to let terrorists drive them to fear or submission, declaring that they would publish a magazine the week following the attack. This magazine would be printed in vastly greater quantities than usual and would blatantly feature the very same religious, satirical comics depicting the prophet Muhammad that were believed to have been the terrorist’s motivation for the attack.

–Kelly Adams, Staff Writer

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