Nottingham people held a vigil last night to pay their respects to the victims of the Paris shootings and highlight the importance of freedom of speech.
Over 100 people gathered around Nottingham’s Old Market Square last night to remember those who were killed in the devastating shootings in Paris. The vigil was organised by the Nottingham branch of the National Union of Journalists. Among the crowd were cartoonists and French residents as well as journalists.
A minute’s silence was observed as mourners laid tributes at the Brian Clough statue. Supporters carried posters with the slogan “Nous Sommes Charlie” (We are Charlie), with a banner placed at the bottom of the statue.
Twelve people were killed when radical Muslims opened fire at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the French capital on Wednesday. A large scale manhunt has since been in progress across Northern France, and on Friday the suspects were engaged in a hostage situation in a town North-East of Paris.