Belfast vigil for victims of Paris massacre at City Hall

The words "I am Charlie" are spelled out with candles at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday
The words "I am Charlie" are spelled out with candles at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday

A short silent vigil will be held today at 1pm in Belfast in response to yesterday’s killing of 12 people at the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The vigil, which will take place in front of Belfast City Hall, has been called by Amnesty International and the National Union of Journalists.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International, said: “We stand in solidarity with the journalists and police officers who lost their lives in Paris and in defence of freedom of expression and a free press.

“Journalists must be able to carry out their work without fear of deadly violence. This atrocity sought to kill journalists, suppress freedom of expression and sow fear. Those responsible cannot be allowed to succeed and must be held accountable before a court of law.”