After 6 hours at work listening to the incessant news of the deadly attack at Paris head-office of Charlie Hebdo-the known French satirical magazine-I finally reached Place de la Republique where hundreds have gathered to commemorate the 12 victims and to show freedom of expression still lives.
In few hours Paris’ most active citizens have organized a peaceful manifestation which quickly turned into a giant mourning gathering-as I am sure most of you have seen in the news! As I was approaching the crowd I remained astonished by the amount of people present in the square that shows the touching and “rebellious” spirit of protest French people have always been proud of.
On one side a touching commemoration and protest for the freedom of expression, on the other one a sentiment of nationalism, xenophobia and islamophobia that is just about to explode I fear.
You will not be forgotten. May you all rest in peace.