In pictures: How 10 world cities reacted to last week's Paris attacks

London's national gallery lit up with the French Tricolore flag. Image: Getty.

In the wake of the attacks last week on Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, a million Parisians took to the streets this weekend. They were joined by over 50 world leaders in a "Unity March": a show of unity in defiance of the attackers, a defence of free speech and an act of solidarity with the 17 victims and their families.  

Photos taken from above show the sheer volume of supporters in the Place de Republique and surrounding streets:

Demonstrations weren't limited to Paris, however. In cities around world, people showed their solidarity, through everything from marches to light shows – in some cases, despite difficult or threatening circumstances. Here's a selection.  

London

London landmarks, including the National Gallery and Tower Bridge, were lit up with the three colours of France's national flag on Sunday night (11 January). 

During the day on Sunday, thousands gathered in Trafalgar square to show their support.

Istanbul

Around 100 journalists took part in a rally down one of the Turkish capital's main roads on Sunday, chanting "We are all Charlie". 

However, the march attracted criticism, and even violence, from several passersby who stood in favour of the attacks. According to the Washington Postone man approached the group shouting "Muslim blood is being shed!"

The man in the picture below was arrested by a plain-clothes police officer as he tried to attack a journalist during the rally:  

New York 

The Empire State building's exterior light system was shut off for five minutes at 8pm on Sunday, and the tower's tip showed the three colours of the French Tricolore flag.

On Saturday, a gathering was also held in Washington Square Park for French expats and their friends and supporters. The assembled crowd included Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund. 

Cairo

Egyptian journalists protested against the attacks outside Egypt's syndicate of journalists on Sunday. They raised their pens, and held a banner which read: " 'The Egyptian journalists syndicate condemn the attack on journalists and denounce all forms of terrorism."

In Egypt, the attackers' targeting of the free press holds extra potency: journalists were regularly imprisoned under the rule of President Morsi, and three Al-Jazeera journalists are currently imprisoned under the direction of president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Reporters Without Borders released a statement saying it was "appalled" that Al-Sisi attended the Unity march in Paris, considering his treatment of journalists in Egypt. 

Berlin

An 18,000-strong vigil was held in central Berlin to remember the victims. This resident holds a sign reading: "Against Hate and Intolerance and for Freedom and Humour".

Beijing

The French embassy held a memorial for the victims on Sunday, and its flag flew at half mast. 

However, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that a gathering of journalists at the Foreign Correspondents Club on Thursday, the day of attacks, was monitored by around eight police officers, both plain-clothes and uniformed. Looks like demonstrations in defence of free speech aren't quite to the Chinese government's taste.

Abidjan

In Abidjan, economic capital of Ivory Coast, supporters gathered around the French Embassy and hung messages of support on its fences. The country was once a French colony (it became independent in 1960), but it still retains close ties with France. 

Mumbai 

Several artists created sand sculptures commemorating the victims on the city's Juhu beach. Here's one of them, surrounded by students:

Stockholm

Reporters Without Borders held a demonstration for "peace and respect" in the Swedish city on Sunday, despite freezing temperatures and snow.

Images: Getty.

 

 
 
 
 

17 things the proposed “Tulip” skyscraper that London mayor Sadiq Khan just scrapped definitely resembled

Artist's impression. See if you can guess which one The Tulip is. Image: Foster + Partners.

Sadiq Khan has scrapped plans to build a massive glass thing in the City of London, on the grounds it would knacker London’s skyline. The “Tulip” would have been a narrow, 300m skyscraper, designed by Norman Foster’s Foster & Partners, with a viewing platform at the top. Following the mayor’s intervention, it now won’t be anything of the sort.

This may be no bad thing. For one thing, a lot of very important and clever people have been noisily unconvinced by the design. Take this statement from Duncan Wilson, the chief executive of Historic England, from earlier this year: “This building, a lift shaft with a bulge on top, would damage the very thing its developers claim they will deliver – tourism and views of London’s extraordinary heritage.”

More to the point, the design was just bloody silly. Here are some other things that, if it had been built, the Tulip would definitely have looked like.

1. A matchstick.

2. A drumstick.

3. A cotton ear bud.

4. A mystical staff, of the sort that might be wielded by Gandalf the Grey.

5. A giant spring onion.

6. A can of deodorant, from one of the brands whose cans are seemingly deliberately designed in such a way so as to remind male shoppers of the fact that they have a penis.

7. A device for unblocking a drain.

8. One of those lights that’s meant to resemble a candle.

9. A swab stick, of the sort sometimes used at sexual health clinics, in close proximity to somebody’s penis.

10.  A nearly finished lollipop.

11. Something a child would make from a pipe cleaner in art class, which you then have to pretend to be impressed by and keep on show for the next six months.

12. An arcology, of the sort seen in classic video game SimCity 2000.

13. Something you would order online and then pray will arrive in unmarked packaging.

14. The part of the male anatomy that the thing you are ordering online is meant to be a more impressive replica of.

15. A building that appears on the London skyline in the Star Trek franchise, in an attempt to communicate that we are looking at the FUTURE.


14a. Sorry, the one before last was a bit vague. What I actually meant was: a penis.

16. A long thin tube with a confusing bulbous bit on the end.

17. A stamen. Which, for avoidance of doubt, is a plant’s penis.

One thing it definitely does not resemble:

A sodding tulip.

Anyway, it’s bad, and it’s good the mayor has blocked it.

That’s it, that’s the take.

(Thanks to Anoosh Chakelian, Jasper Jackson, Patrick Maguire for helping me get to 17.)

Jonn Elledge is editor of CityMetric and the assistant editor of the New Statesman. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

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