McDonough-Brown says it is important to show solidarity with Paris after attack

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown has said it is important we show solidarity with Paris, ahead of Belfast City Hall being lit in French colours tonight (Saturday).

The move by Belfast City Council comes after the attack in the French capital yesterday, which saw at least 128 people killed in a series of shootings and bomb attacks, believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group.

Councillor McDonough-Brown said Belfast had been horrified by the images emerging from Paris.

“This brutal attack is not just an assault on the people of Paris and of France, as it cruelly struck at people as they enjoyed themselves. I believe it is important we show solidarity by sending a message we are not afraid of those who carried it out.

“To that end, Belfast City Hall will be lit blue, white and red, the colours of the French tricolour, at 9pm this evening to show the people of Paris the people of Belfast hold them in our thoughts.

“We share their pain and we share their anger but we also share their desire to stand up against evil. We want people in Paris to know Belfast stands with them shoulder to shoulder.”

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