By now, most of us have heard the horrible news of a terrorist attack in Paris at a newspaper known for it's satirical bend was attacked by three gunmen leaving a dozen or so dead. I was relieved to see that our Parisian friend here has logged in this morning. A sad day for free speech. I trust Kerouac will fill us in some more on this horrible event.
They certainly attacked Charlie Hebdo (the name of the satirical paper) because of cartoons mocking Mohammed. They cried that they had taken revenge for the prophet. 12 dead, 4 seriously wounded. 4 of their most famous cartoonists have been killed.
Since Charlie Hebdo was usually under police protection, on wonders how guys dressed in black carrying kalashnikovs managed to get in. Anyway, it was well-planned and organized.
Yes, I didn't understand how hooded gunmen could get in there.
I learned about this attack early this morning. I can't say I really "knew" any of the victims personally, but I have met some of them at public events. There is a rally going on at Place de la République right now, and in other French and European cities; there will also be a vigil here in Montréal at the Hôtel de Ville (and it is BLOODY cold - it will be about -19c by then).
I am listening to a woman reporter in Paris describing the demonstration that Kerouac2 has so magnificently photographed. It is a weird feeling. Pictures are worth a thousand words...yes, but well chosen words delivered in a skilful manner can add something else to the experience.
Je suis Charlie
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I'm ashamed to say that I didn't go to the rally here in Montréal. I have a nagging cold and there is a huge flu upsurge, which scares me a bit (freelancer, no income support coverage); moreover, as I'd said elsewhere, I fell and hurt my knee and ankle due to all the glare ice (covered in melted water where I fell) and was using a cane today just in case. The media here are talking of nothing else. These are cartoonists (both in the "editorial" and the "comic" sense that have been icons here for decades. Cabu was Le Grand Duduche and Le Beauf. Wolinski went back even farther and attacked all manner of sacred cows (though some of this pennings would be seen as macho nowadays). People here are very, very affected.
So far, I'm pleased to see the absence of racist reactions.
My first reaction on seeing your pictures was reinforced further down the page at "not afraid". And that first reaction was how magnificent it is that the French turned out in force into the streets and did not go into some kind of knee-jerk fear and huddle in their homes howling for retribution.
This terrible murder has left me stunned. How can such a thing happen in my beautiful Paris... Thank you for your 'on the spot' photos Kerouac. I'm sure we will hear more from your end as the week progresses. Je suis Charlie
I felt guilty for not going downtown to join the 10,000 people in central Toulouse. It actually hadn't struck me that people would gather like that but I'm glad they did. I'm out of touch not having a twitter or facebook account.
My little Toulouse suburb had a 15-minute commemoration at 11:45 this morning with a national minute of silence at 12. I went even though I just found out about it a short time before and not many people other than municipal employees, but quite a few old people even in wheelchairs, so obviously it's something that really affected people of all ages.
The English news story is just at the beginning of the vigil, as people are starting to arrive there from work. The later one outside the French Consulate was far larger (and cold as @#$€7!)
Also, #jesuisahmed in memory of one of the police officers killed protecting the editorial staff, who was of Maghrebi origin and "de culture musulmane" as many say in France - of course I have no idea whether or not he was devout; it doesn't matter.
It's not known yet. It apparently started with a control of a minor traffic accident and she was a municipal policewoman (so not part of some important Paris anti-terrorist force). A nearby street-sweeper was badly injured.
I looked at that link you posted last night, Lagatta, and thought how dedicated people were to stand outside when I saw the temperatures posted on the CBC site.