Photos: Gathering To Show Support For France

January 11, 2015

[Updated with video] Crowds of people gathered in Victoria Park this morning [Jan 11] to show support for France following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Those present as of this writing include Attorney-General Trevor Moniz, MP Walton Brown, U.S. Consul General Robert Settje, Governor George Fergusson, Deputy Governor Ginny Ferson; and people continue to arrive as the gathering is just getting underway.

Slideshow showing the beginning of this morning’s gathering


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The latest report on the attacks from the BBC said, “Two brothers who killed 12 in an attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday were shot dead as they fled a warehouse north of Paris, firing at police.

“Shortly afterwards in eastern Paris, anti-terrorist forces stormed a kosher supermarket where hostages were being held by a gunman with reported links to the brothers. The gunman and four hostages died.”

Live video of the rally being held today in France, courtesy of Ruptly TV

The Bermuda gathering is being held on the same day a massive rally is being held in France, with media reports saying some one million people are expected to take to the streets for the rally, which will be attended by foreign leaders including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

About 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers – including elite marksmen on rooftops – have been deployed to protect those taking part.

Update 5.27pm: Video showing the minute of silence observed

The #JeSuisCharlie [I am Charlie] Twitter hashtag, which appeared on social media to express solidarity in the aftermath of the fatal shootings, has gathered over 5 million retweets, while #JeSuisAhmed [I am Ahmed], a tribute to Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim police officer who was killed responding to the attack, is also on the rise.

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  1. symbolism says:

    The photos from the “Die-In” and “Je Sui Charlie” reflect so much about us and we pretend we only play cards for fun

  2. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    I suggest a Rally for all the black men that get killed by Policemen daily in America and strangled by these uniformed officers.!The numbers are staggering….What say you to this idea….Mr.Fegrusson and Mr.Brown…..Justice for all hey Mr.Charlie….?

    • X man says:

      They already had protest in BERMUDA for the Cop killings in Furguson & New York so a similar response that is given to the Terrorist incidents in France .
      No every thing has to be based on race – but Unfortunatly it is with so many people.

    • Redman says:

      @ Takbir,

      Organize one and I plus others will be there :-)

    • Creamy says:

      How about protest for the hundreds of police officers murdered by criminals with guns every year?

    • Barracuda says:

      He was not strangled, he died from a heart attack on the way to the hospital.

      • Mokingjay says:

        So if some one pulls a gun on you and you get a heart attack who’s fault is it, Dreamer.
        Those COPS used a technique that has been banned for a minor offence.
        I CANT BREATHE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Creamy says:

          If you resist arrest you get what you get.

        • Opinions are like...... says:

          While I agree with it being wrong, and their being liability…. the one thing that kind of made a lot of sense to me when listening to reports etc… was ” You cannot speak if you cannot breathe….”

    • Family Man says:

      Millions of people rallying, not just in France, but around the world to stand up against this barbaric act of extremism and support the freedom of expression.

      Not a single rioter anywhere.

  3. Kangoocar says:

    Takbir, why am I NOT shocked that you have nothing good to say about this GOOD rally, that is standing up against the Muslim radicals and their actions in France and everywhere around the world!!!! And when it comes to your remarks concerning the police in the US, maybe you would prefer that everytime the police are called by a black person to help them, the police should just not bother to come and help them!!!!!

    • Kangoocar says:

      I can see that Alaska hall is serving the special Plp tea tonight, nothing stings you bunch more, than a big serving of the truth!!!!! Don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave!!!!!

  4. Strike fund says:

    So the Israeli and Palestinian leaders could both make it to Paris to show support, but neither our Premier nor Opposition leader could make it to a park that they must both live within 15 miles of.

    Hats off to Brown and Moniz, but where were the rest of our elected officials? Surely they weren’t all off island!!

    • just saying says:

      I wish I had known of this event as I would have been there…just as the last protest outside city hall..the word was not out…where was it advertised

  5. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Justice is justice everywhere for everyone…..go figure…!You can not….just….cherry pick….your protests.!

    • Kangoocar says:

      Umm!!! Yes you can??? Somehow I don’t think you would be at a KKK protest which involves the KKK demonstrating that they should be allowed to do what they want, would you???

      • Kangoocar says:

        Forgot to ask you Takbir, somewhere along the line, in the last year or so, I am sure you have stated you were in your 70′s in age, most people age, brings wisdom, can I ask what the heck happened to you, and how did you miss it?????

  6. memorylo$$ says:

    I dont think the shooters are considered Muslims by many. Murderers perhaps.

    • Kangoocar says:

      Memorylo$$, maybe you should actually research tne stuff you comment on??? This may come as a big shock to you but, the shooters were MUSLIM!!!! Until the whole Muslim community comes together and denounces this type of behaviour by the approx 300 million out of the 1.2 billion of them… I hope those that were responsible for these senseless killings, that thought they will have nothing but virgins waiting for them in heaven if they were killed for committing this haneois act, ( which thankfully the French police did ) get their real reward??? Which would be, an eternal life in a FURNACE!!!!!!

    • Creamy says:

      And yet there are millions of Muslims who support them.

    • Family Man says:

      Where are the ‘real’ muslims?

      al-Qaida?
      ISIS?
      Boko Haram?
      al-Shabaab?
      Hezbollah?
      Abu-Sayyaf?
      al-Aqsa?

      Perhaps we should look to the islamic countries for the answer?

      Saudi Arabia?
      Pakistan?
      Iran?
      Afghanistan?

      Where do we find the rational, peaceful muslims that allow free expression?

  7. letmypeoplego says:

    I guess the 12 lives in France are more valuable than the 2000 in Nigeria!! SHM!!..Just saying..It would have been nice to see a similar response for the Nigeria massacre.

    http://rt.com/news/221347-nigeria-insurgency-islamic-attack/

    • just saying says:

      Not at all….I don’t know why you would think that..the difference is that the Government in France allows free speech…the Nigerian Government is struggling to maintain the infrastructure in the country and no doubt people do not have freedom of speech. You can bet your life the news that comes out of Nigeria is nowhere near the real deal..censorship, denial of expression…Everyone matters…every person slaughtered, every person persecuted whether they be black , white, Asian or other. Do you ever see any news coming out of Korea? There’s no internet, no foreign news, fear from day to day…God help all of them because they have no voice..

    • lazytroublestarter says:

      why not organise one? did you? go ahead I will show. otherwise stop being a pain in the ***. the union had hundreds march because a drunk bus driver was fired and you have issues with people gathering to support 17 murdered civilians….?

      my goodness.

    • Mokingjay says:

      Be careful you don’t get the RACE card thrown at you.

  8. Peace says:

    Some of you still don’t seem to understand that #jesuischarlie #iamcharlie and all the rallies around what happened in Paris are not to support France and have nothing to do with race. They are to support freedom of expression – the right to make fun or perhaps disagree with any or all religions, which at the core is an idea just like any other (political, philosophical) – and not be killed or harmed for expressing your beliefs. People who are protesting are from all races and religions so saying you aren’t supporting this movement because you don’t want to support mocking a certain religion is preposterous. Without freedom of expression, all of your comments here would be banned or edited or even worse, you could get harmed or killed just because you’ve said what your thoughts are. It’s actually really sad to see that some people don’t understand this. Open your minds.

  9. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. id the Final Prophet of G-D from a long line of Prophets From Adam….Abraham…..Moses….Jesus….and all who came in Between.Theocracy is G-D’s Rulership…( Theos) Latin word for God.! Democracy is also a Latin word ( Demon)also means Devil.!….hence Demon-ocracy !If the people think that their changing of G-D’s ruler ship and the advice of the Prophets sent from G-D is to be taken lightly or even ignored or slandered …..then you are woefully….misinterpreting your so called …freedom of speech. And even more ….you are underestimating and disrespecting the believers in G-D. Much more to come…..just watch…!Religion is not to be played with or taken for a joke…mr charlie and those that think like him…!

    • Anbu says:

      Blah blah blah! U sound like a radical yourself mate. Take that type of thinking and go dig a hole. Then hop in and cover yourself. If u really look at religion it IS the biggest joke there is.

    • serengeti says:

      The word democracy does not come from ‘demon meaning devil’. That’s complete crap.

      It comes from the Greek word ‘demokratia’ meaning ‘popular government’, from the words ‘demos’ meaning ‘common people’ and ‘kratos’ meaning ‘strength’.

      You can try to rewrite history to justify your extremist beliefs but there are people who will see right through it.

    • Family Man says:

      ” Much more to come…..just watch…!Religion is not to be played with or taken for a joke…mr charlie and those that think like him…!”

      Do I read this as Takbir threatening more acts of violence against people who mock his silly faith? Such a tolerant and peaceful religion isn’t it?

    • Ricko Chez says:

      Religion is not a joke. It is a very sad state of affairs. The belief in an imaginary deity and all the hate that goes along with it. The people who invented religion were sick mind control freaks.

      It quite simply should be banned. It is the source of evil.

      I would be quite willing to believe in God (any of the 3,000 or so man made Gods) if there was the slightest piece of evidence.

      There is of course NONE.

    • fedup says:

      “.you are underestimating and disrespecting the believers in G-D. Much more to come…..just watch:

      You’re a disgusting hate filled terrorist. When islam stops preaching death by stoning to people it doesn’t like, then you will gain some credibility. All you are is a terrorist and your so called religion condones it.

  10. michael says:

    I was there at the memorial and it was a quiet and supportive gathering.

    This morning, after reading many of the self-focused posts above, I am so sad that people in our island cannot support something that is different than their own particular causes. There is more to the world than this little rock in the Atlantic. Try exploring some compassion for something different than you in your life.

    For the complainers that think there should be a gathering for other causes…MAKE IT HAPPEN YOURSELF! The gathering yesterday was planned and coordinated by one person with some help from friends. They were not complaining that Government didn’t do it for them. Stop waiting for the world to give you everything you want. Sorry for this quote that many of us are already familiar with:

    BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

  11. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    My reply is to Family man only…! I could ask the question too……where are the real Christians…..Jews…Rastafarians…Hindus and on on on on and on until Judgement day.stop being so arrogant as to try and pretend that …The whole world of Religious people is Squeaky clean ….and also …only Non Religious people committing.error…crimes …and sin…stop fronting Family Man …..people are not deceived anymore or gullible…!Not even your own Family….oops…did I step on your toes….how cruel of me that was….!

    • serengeti says:

      There are plenty of people who are nonreligious, yet who are good people. They never steal anything. Never cheat on their wives. Go to work every day and do their honest best for their families.

      One of their biggest threats are religious nuts who think it’s fine to violently force their stone age extremist beliefs on other people. Well, anyone who wants to do that can go eff themselves. I don’t care who they are. And that includes you, with your stupid half-***ed racial religious crap.

    • Ricko Chez says:

      No matter what the religion, it is a form of mind control and brain washing.

      All religion is nothing more than a form of child abuse and brain washing. Filling brains with a load of superstitious nonsense from birth. Religion should be banned. It is the cause of just about all of our fighting.

  12. Family Man says:

    All religion is nuts but Islam has got to be the nuttiest of the bunch.

    As Sam Harris says, all religions have bad ideas but Islam is the motherload of bad ideas. Sharia, the niqab, stoning, fatwas, jihad, martyrdom … all bad.

    A world full of religious people is truly freaking frightening.

  13. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Family Man….I knew why you were so virulent against all Religion especially Al-Islam the Religion of all the Prophets.It is clear why you hide behind a Nom de plume…!Iknew you would surface sometime..You are that Demon…..Devil that I was talking about earlier.You hide behind Democracy with your Devlish Demoniac mentality and good people are duped by you…..but the enlightened see you and your Satanic Mentality…….enjoy your abode in the hell fire because you can not take true believers in G-D with you…..hell is indeed a lonely place and hot all year round…….I reject you and respite you for a time…..and its running out fast…