By YKA Staff:
On Friday, 13th November, Paris witnessed one of the darkest events in its modern history. Armed gunmen stormed into the Bataclan concert hall, took dozens hostage. Other attackers shot people dead at bars, restaurants and other sites across the city. Already reeling under the shock of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January this year, this attack has heralded a state of emergency in France.
France’s President Francois Hollande has described these attacks as barbaric, and has called for closing borders. An eyewitness at the site claims to have heard one of the attackers express support for the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group. There is a lot of speculation around the real reason for the attacks, some claim it maybe have been due to Hollande’s decision to intervene in Syria. Hollande had changed its strategy in Syria in September by announcing that it would join Washington in carrying airstrikes on Islamic State jihadist positions in Syria. But the Paris attacks aren’t the only place where extremists carried out attacks yesterday. 43 people were killed when two suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked them in southern Beirut. Lebanon has come to a standstill and has called for a national day of mourning. ISIL has taken responsibility for the attack in Lebanon.
What is clear is that these spate of attacks are a mark of aggression and terrorism, not the prerogative of a particular community or religion. We must understand that the world should be united against fascist forces that believe in killing innocent people to spread their message of terror. Be it Charlie Hebdo, the Beirut attacks, 9/11 or the Paris attacks, it is time we all rise together to condemn terrorism and organizations like the ISIL, that believe in spreading terror to create a world where humanity will hate each other.
Below is a compilation of reactions from around the world about the Paris attacks:
— yvaverous (@yvaverous) November 14, 2015
— Clara R. (@Photographys) November 14, 2015
I have room for stranded people near chatelet. Tell me if you’re in need, #PorteOuverte.
— Arnaud Dupuis (@ArnaudDupuis) November 14, 2015
#PorteOuverte and the free taxi-fare stories show that even in its darkest of moments, humanity is overwhelmingly about cooperation & love
— Harry Le Feuvre (@harrylefeuvre) November 14, 2015
I am happy that I can say cousin, Elise, is safe and accounted for. Seems there’s still no shortage of evil in the world. #ParisAttacks
— Meg (@MegSeig) November 14, 2015
Horrified and distressed to hear about the #ParisAttacks. Reminded me of the traumatic 26/11 Mumbai attack. Hope sanity returns to the world
— Raghu Ram (@tweetfromRaghu) November 14, 2015
— Shuja Rabbani (@ShujaRabbani) November 14, 2015
To people blaming refugees for attacks in Paris tonight. Do you not realise these are the people the refugees are trying to run away from..?
— Dan Holloway (@RFCdan) November 13, 2015
— KeropNargizyan (@Original__K) November 14, 2015
— nayan acharya (@acharya_nayan) November 14, 2015
— Valentina Clemente (@SailV) November 14, 2015
Face à l’effroi, il y a une Nation qui sait se défendre, sait mobiliser ses forces et, une fois encore, saura vaincre les terroristes.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) November 13, 2015