City Hall flies French Flag in Memory of those killed in Paris Charlie Hebdo Attack

BRADFORD is standing in solidarity with the people of France today following the massacre at the Paris offices of a satirical magazine.

The Tricolour is flying at half mast on City Hall to remember the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, in which 12 people were killed by gunmen shouting Islamic phrases.
At 11am people across the UK joined France in a moment of silence to remember the victims, who were thought to have been targeted for their satirical cartoons.

Bradford Council Leader David Green said: “We received several requests to fly the French flag to mark our solidarity with the victims of this tragic event and their families and we had no hesitation in agreeing.

“I think these horrific acts will be condemned by all right thinking people in Bradford, and it is important we show solidarity with the French people and make it clear that we stand for freedom of speech and freedom of expression within the law. We need to remember the victims and the principles they were espousing.”

Dr Mohammed Iqbal, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bradford, said the attack had nothing to do with Islam’s true teachings.

He said: “We condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo and are deeply shocked by this atrocity that has taken 12 lives and injured scores more. We offer our condolences to the family of the victims and those left bereaved.

“It is hoped that the perpetrators of today’s attack are swiftly arrested and brought to justice with the full weight of the law.

“It is a great source of regret that such violent acts and terrorist activities continue to be associated with Islam – despite the fact they have nothing to do with Islam’s true teachings.”