Wednesday 22 November 2017

#PrayForNice: World reacts to Bastille Day attack in France

#PrayForNice is trending following Bastille Day attack in France. Photo: Twitter
#PrayForNice is trending following Bastille Day attack in France. Photo: Twitter

Sasha Brady

The outpouring of grief, outrage and condolences on social media has sparked the hashtag #PrayForNice.

During a night of Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, a truck crashed into a crowd killing at least 80 people and leaving more than 120 people injured. In the aftermath of the attack, the hashtag 'Pray for Nice' started trending on Twitter - with many of the memes, messages and images carrying the same message: these events have become all too common. When will it end?

As what has become habit in the Internet age, people across the world are coming together to offer support and express their feelings concerning the horrifying event.

We've seen similar hashtags before. We saw it in Turkey after the suicide bombing in Istanbul airport, we saw it in Brussels after their airport terror attack, we saw it in Orlanda after the Pulse nightclub shooting, we saw it in Baghdad when #NotJustANumber trended to remember the 300 victims of last week's deadly terror attack.

What makes it so horrifying is that the events that inspired these hashtags are all so similar. #PrayForNice is filled with outrage as people make a call to action for the devastation to end.

Another hashtag, #PortesOuvertesNice began trending immediately after the attack, as a way to help people find shelter. Facebook activated it’s Safety Check application for the 18th time this year, for those in Nice to indicate that they are safe.

When does it stop? How do we stop it? #nice #love

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