Commemoration ceremony held for Paris terror victims at French Consulate

A commemoration ceremony was held in in front of French Consulate building in İstanbul for 132 terror victims who were massacred on Friday by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Paris. Besides consul generals of many countries, a delegation from Republican People’s Party (CHP) attended the commemoration ceremony.

Mournful ceremony was held at noon in front of the French Consulate Building located in Istanbul’s famous İstiklal Street. Beside French Consul General to İstanbul Muriel Domenach, Belgian Consul General to İstanbul Henri Vantieghem, German Consul General to İstanbul Jutta Wolke, Tunisian Consul General to İstanbul Naile Sabani, Algerien Consule General to İstanbul Rachid Meddah, Swiss Consul General to İstanbul Monika Schmutz Kirgoz, Italian Consul General to İstanbul Gianluca Alberini, Czech Consul General to İstanbul Petr Mares, CHP İstanbul deputies Baris Yarkadas, Selina Dogan, CHP İstanbul Provincial Management Board Member Elif Ulug, Besiktas Mayor Murat Hazinedar, Hakkari Co-Mayor Fatma Yildiz and Nazmi Coskun and other attendees were among the participants.

During the commemoration, French Consul General Muriel Domenach held a speech stated that firstly she would like to thank to all official authorities of Republic of Turkey.“Right from the start of the event, we took solidarity messages from all quarters of Turkey. İndiscriminatingly I got hundreds of messages, flowers and candles from our friends. These were the songs which are not related only France but also whole world. Three week before, Turkey also witnessed these types of attacks. Students of French school also saw and witnessed these attacks and stood in silence homage for Turkish victims. Whole world saw that when the Eifel Tower’s lights turned off, so, whole world plunged into darkness. A short while ago, we sang the resistance anthem of French people. We attain great importance to our Turkish friends and believe them. I would like to thank to your solidarity messages. We will continue to walk together,” noted Domenach.

Murat Hazinedar, Besiktas Mayor who also held a speech and said that they share pain of France. “Together with Hakkari Mayor we gave also messages about the pain which we live in Turkey. Hakkari Mayor is also here and his existence is very important for us. Turkey has special sensitiveness to all kinds of terror and negations, which can be described as crime to all humanity. Turkey itself took necessary lessons from terror and suffered pain. Therefore we understood France very well. Because we are in the same events since long years,” noted Hazinedar.

“We share your pains. Equality, Freedom, Fraternity struggle cannot be stopped by bombs and massacres,” Wrote CHP İstanbul Deputy Baris Yarkadas to condolence book which opened in French Consulate Building to the memory of Paris terror victims.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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