Published On: Sat, Jan 10th, 2015 on 7:46 pm

Bradford residents hold vigil to remember Paris shooting victims

Bradford Paris Shooting Vigil

A group of Bradford residents have attended a candlelit vigil in Bradford’s City Park to remember the victims of the Paris shootings.

Residents braved the cold weather to light candles and remember the 12 people who were killed at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7 January.

Gunmen stormed the office of the magazine, which has previously been targeted over its portrayal of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.

Eight journalists and two police officers were among the dead.

The vigil was attended by local residents, members of the South Asian Peoples Forum UK and the Pakistan Journalist Association.

The former Lord Mayor of Bradford, Mohammed Ajeeb CBE, was also present.

He said: “I’m sure all of us are shocked, hurt and upset by these acts of terrorism. These acts cannot be justified by any sane person. I appeal to all peace-loving people of this world to work together in solidarity to combat these evil people.”

The South Asian Peoples Forum UK and the Pakistan Journalist Association, who have active members in Bradford, also voiced their support to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

They said: “The history of mankind stands witness that the forces of darkness have never succeeded in killing ideas. Ideas flourish like blossoming buds in spring and only those survive that can stand the tests of time.

“The Bradford community is sad, in a state of extreme shock, grieved and thus mourns the death of ten journalists and two police officers.”

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