Hundreds rally in Chicago to express unity with the FrenchJan 11th 2015
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday afternoon at Daley Plaza to show solidarity with the millions in France who rallied after a spate of terrorist attacks there that left 17 dead.
Are you afraid?rally organizer Eve Zuckerman shouted over a bullhorn in French and English.
No, replied a crowd dotted with French and American flags.
We stand together — French and Americans for freedom and for freedom of expression, Zuckerman said.
During the rally, children and parents sang and lit candles, placing some in front of the names of the French victims pasted on heart-shaped signs. Names of those killed were called out before a moment of silence at the plaza.
Two French teachers at Lycee Francais de Chicago, an international school in the Uptown neighborhood, said the gathering was a good place to grieve openly and express the shock and sadness that they had shared only at their school or while reading Facebook posts from friends and family in France.
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It was unbelievable, teacher Pauline Pilon said.
We never had that big of an attack since 1945. It's kind of incredible that these kinds of things can happen in France.
The teachers said no news outlet in the United States compares to the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. They described it as a mix of TV shows "The Daily Show," "Mad TV" and "South Park."
Super irreverent, Pilon said.
Smart, funny, provocative. It was made to make you think. It was not supposed to be hurtful.Read more on the Chicago Tribune