Saturday 21 October 2017

Charlie Hebdo memorial vandalised four times in two weeks

Place de la République in Paris, where a makeshift memorial has been setup for the 17 people killed in January's Charlie Hebdo attacks
Place de la République in Paris, where a makeshift memorial has been setup for the 17 people killed in January's Charlie Hebdo attacks

Zachary Davies Boren

A makeshift memorial for the 17 people killed in the Paris attacks has been desecrated four times in two weeks, according to the French press.

Candles, flowers and messages of unity had been placed at Place de la République in Paris following the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and subsequent shootings on the city's streets and at a Kosher supermarket.

A group called '17 Never Again', which first set up the memorial and has been permitted by police to continue to care for it, said they had faced a series of repeated acts of vandalism against the site in recent weeks.

The attacks have become increasingly severe however, with the most recent seeing wreaths shredded, pictures torn and inscriptions scribbled over.

"It's not the wind or the rain that did it as even objects and messages that were covered have been vandalised," the group's leader Sabrina Deliry said.

"When this happened before, we repaired the damage without saying anything, but this is too much."

"We're sickened and disgusted."

Rémy Vialeret, another member of '17 Never Again', told Metro News France that most people use the shrine as a place to honour the dead - reading the notes and admiring the tribute - but sometimes they encounter "vindictive people".


The group, which calls itself "apolitical and secular", has made an official police complaint.

Independent News Service

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