Town shows its support for Charlie Hebdo

Dozens of Hastings residents joined together for a show of solidarity for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in France by holding a vigil at the Town Hall and a silent march through the town.

In the wake of the tragedies last Wednesday morning (January 7) when masked gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical newspaper

8/1/15- People from Hastings showing solidarity with the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo SUS-150801-130001001

8/1/15- People from Hastings showing solidarity with the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo SUS-150801-130001001

He said: “This whole horrible affair is very much about freedom of the press. At about 10am on Thursday, January 8 we decided to show solidarity with

The vigil included a minute’s silence at 11am which coincided with the same mark of respect both in France and in nations around the world to commemorate those who died at noon French time - almost exactly 24 hours after the shootings.

Mr Stewart added: “The themes that united us were liberté (liberty), égalité (equality), and fraternité (fraternity). People in Hastings were sad, angry and very upset by the

Mr Stewart’s wife, Evelyne Joubert, is French and has read

Among those showing their respects were councillor Jeremy Birch, council leader and other members of Hastings Borough Council. He said: “We were pleased to join the vigil outside the Town Hall, to mark the terrible events at the

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