Hundreds of people gathered at Hong Kong’s Tamar Park Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil and pay tribute to the victims of the deadly Paris terror attacks.
The mourners, which included several French expatriates and their families and friends, observed a minute’s silence at 7 pm, joining people around the world in standing in solidarity with France after the nation suffered its worst-ever attacks.
The French Consul General to Hong Kong, Eric Berti, was present at the vigil to commemorate the victims of the multiple shootings that took place Friday night in Paris that killed at least 129 people.
Berti thanked the participants for showing support to France in its hour of grief.
Some people were seen holding placards that read: “I’m Muslim Not a terrorist”, indicating that the gathering included people from the Muslim community.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the French terror attacks, sparking widespread condemnation around the world and prompting calls for stronger military action against the Syria-based jihadist group.
Ahead of the vigil, the French Consulate General in Hong Kong invited the public to sign a condolence book. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was among those who signed the book.
Leung also attended the vigil in the evening.
“Hong Kong stands resolutely behind the people of France and condemns these barbaric acts of terrorism against humanity. Our thoughts are very much with the French people and their friends and families,” Leung said.
Meanwhile, the Immigration Department has announced that French visitors can apply for an extension of stay if they wish to remain in Hong Kong for a longer period of time.
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