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St. Lucia’s Tribute To ‘Charlie Hebdo’

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THE French Embassy along with the Alliance Française and various local representatives including the Government of St. Lucia and the Royal St. Lucia Police Force joined the millions of people across the world this week in paying tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks against the French satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris last week.

The event took place Wednesday evening at the Alliance Française. Some of the features of the evening included a condolence book where attendees were able to send heartfelt messages to all affected by the tragedy.

One of the main aims of the event was to showcase the unwavering unity of the nations against terrorism and to show that democracy and freedom of speech, press and opinion are not so easily intimidated or killed.

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French Ambassador Eric De La Moussaye delivered a powerful speech of resilience and called on the masses to come together and stand strong in the face of such threats.

The Ambassador also recounted his personal brush with death at the hands of terrorists 30 years ago. De La Moussaye spoke of his rush of numerous feelings all at once and even recounted the moment that he witnessed his friend die in the same bomb explosion. He said he remained thankful to the Supreme power that he survived and feels somewhat connected to the recent acts.

He said: “I can relate very well to the feelings of the families of the 17 killed in Paris, families and friends whose lives will change forever.”

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The Ambassador said no apology shall be made to the terrorists who are trying to oppress freedom. He said: “There is no happiness without freedom nor freedom without courage.”

Following the speech, all stood for a moment of silence and this in turn was followed by a short film depicting the defiant responses of artists from around the world to the persons involved in the act.

The book of condolence is due to be sent to Paris by the end of the week.

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2 Comments

  1. It is a great truism that psychologically an amazing number of African people are still under the yoke of slavery plus colonial mentality. It is therefore not by coincidence that French speaking African countries breeds a good number of Afropeans who will self-purposely choose to mourn the death of some French folks and ignore the daily scores of both young and old Africans being killed by the several militant groups set up by the Western world to exterminate Africans!!!

    It is therefore on this basis that we think all Black conscious elements in Africa and in the diaspora actually still have a lot of work to do on these delusional Afropeans. The idea of neo-colonialism in actual sense goes beyond control of political economy of the people, it has a lot to do with the incarceration of the African minds and believe me, there cannot be total liberation if these minds are not cured and made whole!!!

  2. You Negroes are mentally ill. First you worship a White man as your God, and when two-hundred African girls are abducted and raped and murdered, you do nothing. Twelve French instigators of hate are killed and you start your wailing like frigging monkeys.

    Why did you BLACK MONKEYS not do the same when 2,000 people were murdered by the criminal thugs in Nigeria ? you Negroes are simply an abomination; A DISGRACE !!

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