Hundreds rally in Chicago to express unity with the FrenchJan 11th 2015

Hundreds rally in Chicago to express unity with the French
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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.

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Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]

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