World monuments light up in support of Brussels

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23 March 2016

The effects of the tragic killing of 30 people in yesterday’s terrorist bombings in the Belgian city of Brussels, have resonated around the globe.

The effects of the tragic killing of 30 people in yesterday’s terrorist bombings in the Belgian city of Brussels, have resonated around the globe.

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As the sun set in countries throughout the world last night, iconic world monuments and landmarks were illuminated in the black, red and yellow colours of the Belgian flag, in a show of solidarity. Read more: Harrowing footage shows terrified civilians fleeing Brussels airport after explosions From Paris to Dubai, Rome to Germany, tens of thousands of people gathered at these monuments to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives after three bombs were detonated in the Belgian capital yesterday. The Islamic State group (ISIS) have since claimed responsibility for the attacks. The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris was one such monument that was lit up with projections of the Belgian flag. Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris tweeted: "In solidarity with the people of Brussels, Paris will light up the Eiffel Tower in the colors of the Belgian flag tonight."

French President Francois Hollande also had his say. “I express my entire solidarity with the Belgian people. Through the Brussels attacks, the whole of Europe has been hit,” he tweeted. Other cities paying tribute to Brussels' victims included Rome, which lit up the famous Trevi fountain. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, known as the world’s tallest building, also showcased the colours of the flag in unity with Belgium.

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The Royal Palace of Amsterdam was another famous monument that bore images of the flag. “We are one with our southern neighbours in mourning and grief, but also in determination,” Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, said in a tweet. Other monuments which were also lit up included the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin, and the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.

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The Vatican also issued a statement following the attacks: “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence that causes so much suffering and implores God for the gift of peace. He invokes God’s blessings for the bereaved families and for the people of Belgium,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.

It’s the second time in recent months that the world has come together to honour the victims of terror attacks, the first following the November Paris terrorist attacks. During that period, the town hall of Brussels was also illuminated with the reds, blues and whites of the Parisian national flag.

Sources: metro.co.uk, ibtimes.com, nola.com, nytimes.com

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