Brierfield peace vigil will remember Paris victims

Floral tributes and candles left at Le Carillon, Paris, after terror attacks killed at least 129 people in the city. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Floral tributes and candles left at Le Carillon, Paris, after terror attacks killed at least 129 people in the city. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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A peace and unity vigil will be held in Brierfield in memory of the innocent victims of actions of hate throughout the world.

The vigil, which is open to everyone, will be held at Brierfield Community Centre tonight at 7pm.

These attacks could just as easily have happened in our area and to carry out such audacious and repeated attacks makes clear that those who oppose our values are convinced we lack the resolve to defend them

Coun. Mohammad Hanif

It will be held in memory of all those who have lost their lives, and who are losing their lives on a daily basis, throughout the world, as a result of acts of terrorism and misplaced retribution.

Brierfield’s Coun. Mohammad Hanif said he has been contacted by many residents, who want to show their solidarity with the people of Paris.

And he said: “It is important that we show solidarity with victims of the savage attacks that have taken place in Paris and also all the other atrocities that are happening across the world on a daily basis.

“These attacks could just as easily have happened in our area and to carry out such audacious and repeated attacks makes clear that those who oppose our values are convinced we lack the resolve to defend them.”

The Mayor of Brierfield, Coun. David Brown, said: “There are those who want to create a climate of hate and division; we must not allow them to succeed. They are wrong. We now have a duty to make clear to all those who hate our freedom – you will never, ever, win.”

The vigil gives everybody the opportunity to have their say and remember all the victims through the lighting of candles and by observing a minute’s silence.