Sunday headlines said huge crowds massed in Paris. Protected by “unparalleled” security, according to AP.
Including thousands of police and military forces. Along the two-mile Boulevarde Voltaire route marchers took.
An “unprecedented tribute,” said Reuters. Showing “unity and defiance,” claimed The New York Times.
“(S)olidarity following three days of terrorist attacks that badly shook the nation,” said the Washington Post.
“Paris displays defiance with huge rally,” headlined the Wall Street Journal.
“Paris urged to ‘come in numbers’ to defy Islamist terror,” said the Los Angeles Times.
London’s Guardian said one million “expected for anti-terror rally.”
Al Jazeera headlined “Huge crowds attend Paris solidarity rally.”
BBC said “Vast Paris rally…Unity after 17 people were killed during three days of deadly attacks.”
Le Figero said “(A)ll major (Parisian) streets are saturated” leading to “place de la Republique.”
Le Monde headlined “(H)uge crowds marched against terrorism in Paris and France.”
An invitation circulating on social media said: “Indignation. Resistance. Solidarity, I am Charlie.”
Organizers said Sunday’s rally expressed solidarity for “freedom of the press. (F)reedom of speech. France won’t be cowed by terrorists.”
Around 40 world leaders attended. Reuters said 44. Some reports said 50. Including around two dozen Western European ones.
Current French President Francois Hollande and former one Nicolas Sarkozy were accompanied by Germany’s Angela Merkel. Britain’s David Cameron.
Spain’s Mariano Rajoy. Italy’s Matteo Renzi. EU Council President Donald Tusk. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker.
Other European leaders. Eight African ones. Outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley representing America.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney represents Canada. Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman represent Israel.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov represents Russia. Putschist/oligarch president Petro Poroshenko represents Ukraine.
NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoletenberg is there. So is European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived.
One source lists the following participating countries in alphabetical order:
Albania. Algeria. Austria. Belgium. Benin. Britain. Bulgaria. Canada. Croatia. Czech Republic. Denmark. Gabon. Egypt. Finland. Georgia.
Germany. Greece. Hungary. Israel. Jordan. Latvia. Niger. Mali. Palestine. Poland. Portugal. Romania. Russia. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland.
The Netherlands. Tunisia. Turkey. United Arab Emirates. Ukraine. United States.
To encourage turnout, public transport into and throughout Paris is free on Sunday. International train operator Thalys cut fares to the capital.
Right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen urged her supporters to rally outside Paris. In retaliation for exclusion from event preparations.
French officials condemned Paris killings. The way US ones denounced the deaths of New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
“(M)ourning the loss of these brave souls,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Vice President Biden joined him on site. Obama sent a message of condolence.
In response to last week’s Paris killings, he ludicrously called them “an attack on journalists…on our free press,,,underscor(ing) the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom.”
“(O)ur thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who’ve been lost in France, and with the people of Paris and the people of France.”
Obama’s comments are rife with hypocrisy. Other Western leaders voice similar Big Lies.
Israel’s Netanyayu is a serial liar. US-led NATO leaders and Netanyahu are war criminals multiple times over.
Who mourns for millions US-dominated NATO victims? Murdered in cold blood? Noncombatant men, women and children.
Lost Palestinian lives. Slaughtered by Israel. Others ruthlessly persecuted.
What about on average one defenseless Black youth per day killed by US cops?
Who holds solidarity marches for justice? Mourns victims. Supports surviving family members. Rallies for justice.
Demands state-sponsored terrorism end. The madness of one imperial war after another. Senseless slaughter and destruction.
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