Published On: Fri, Jan 9th, 2015 on 4:39 pm

Bradford to remember Paris shooting victims with candlelit vigil

Charlie Hebdo Shooting Vigil

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EXCLUSIVE: A candlelit vigil is to be held in Bradford’s City Park to remember the victims of the Paris shootings.

The vigil will be in support of press freedom and to remember the 12 people who were killed at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The incident took place on 7 January when gunmen stormed the office of the magazine, which has previously been targeted over its portrayal of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.

Eight journalists, including the magazine’s editor, were killed.

Two police officers were also among the dead.

Ali Khan, who suggested the vigil to be held, said: “My thoughts at the time were activists are very quick, and rightly so, speaking about places like Palestine and Peshawar but when it came to Paris no-one seemed to be saying anything. There was no real action, just condemnation and condolences.

“As a community, we’re going to face a backlash anyway, but once again, we need to stand up and say we don’t agree with terrorism. If we are silent about it, we’d be implying support of terrorism.

“This is an opportunity for Bradford’s community to come together and express its absolute humanitarian values.”

Ali also said that the community needs to become more tolerant of works of satire.

He said: “Primarily we are British Citizens, and by that very fact, we all subscribe to the rule of law. Freedom of expression is a restricted right and is a big part of the rule of law. People are allowed to make jokes, create art and entertainment.

“The publication was satirical, but the community need to accept people make jokes. We need to be able to laugh at things as well as ourselves. There is no justification whatsoever for killing anyone.”

The community vigil will take place on 11 January at City Park and will begin at 6pm.

UPDATE: The date of the vigil has been shifted to a day earlier. It will be held on 10 January at 5pm.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Faisal says:

    Was gonna post up a link to the event page on Facebook but it says i can’t. Anyone wanting to join can find us by searching Bradford Against Terrorism on Facebook.

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