Huge crowd hold rally in Paris

paris-rallyHuge crowds and some 40 world leaders have taken part in a unity march in Paris after 17 people were killed during three days of deadly attacks.

More than a million are marched through the streets.

“Paris is the capital of the world today,” French leader Francois Hollande said. “The whole country will rise up.”

The marchers mearnt to demonstrate unity after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a supermarket.

Ahead of the rally, a video emerged appearing to show the supermarket attacker, Amedy Coulibaly, pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

In the video, he said he was working with the Charlie Hebdo attackers: “We have split our team into two… to increase the impact of our actions.”

The video appears to show Amedy Coulibaly explaining his motivation for his attacks

Sunday’s Paris rally was bigger than the combined total turnout for marches across France on Saturday, when 700,000 people took to the streets to remember the victims.

The march, led by relatives of the victims of last week’s attacks, left Place de la Republique.

The British, German, Turkish, Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian leaders were among the world leaders ttat took part in the rally.

The world leaders observed a minute’s silence, and linked arms in an act of solidarity as the march began.

About 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers – including elite marksmen on rooftops -were deployed to protect participants.

The march was split into two routes for security purposes. Both rallies began at the Place de la Republique and finished at the Place de la Nation.

Marchers in Paris chanted “liberte” (“freedom”) and “Charlie” in reference to the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Some waved French flags, cheered, and sang the national anthem. A group of demonstrators carried a large model pencil with the words “not afraid” written on the side.

In Marseille, in the south of the country, thousands also marched against the attacks.

BBC

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