Sunday 30 April 2017

This is how world leaders responded to the Westminster terror attack

By Prudence Wade

The Eiffel Tower turned off its lights in solidarity with the UK.

As the dust begins to settle in the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack on Westminster, world leaders have begun to share their condolences and show solidarity with the UK.

French president Francois Hollande tweeted his condolences to Theresa May and the UK, and the lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris were symbolically switched off to honour those killed.

The landmark has a history of going dark to mark sombre events such as the terror attacks which claimed the lives of 130 people in the French capital in November 2015.

Elsewhere, the mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai showed his support by tweeting a photo of City Hall lit up in red, white and blue.

Donald Trump eschewed Twitter, his favoured form of communication, to report his talk with Theresa May on Facebook.

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Dutch PM Mark Rutte pledged his support to Britain, whereas at the same time far-right candidate Geert Wilders (who lost out on the recent election) was far more accusatory in addressing the issue.

In a statement, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said: “Canadians stand united with the British people in the fight against terrorism. We will continue to work together with the UK and all our allies to show the world that freedom and democracy will always triumph.”

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull expressed similar sentiments.

And closer to home in England, council leader John Clancy posted a picture of Birmingham Library lit up in solidarity.

Even though the area around Westminster is still a crime scene, mourners have already begun laying flowers in tribute to those who lost their lives.

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