Unity shown for Paris

Members of the public along with councillors from Leeds City Council observed a one minute silence at 11am in respect of the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, in Victoria Gardens, Leeds.
Members of the public along with councillors from Leeds City Council observed a one minute silence at 11am in respect of the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, in Victoria Gardens, Leeds.
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Morley MP Andrea Jenkyns said freedom and democracy was under attack following the worst terrorist attack in Europe for a decade.

Extremist group so called Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIS or ISIL) claimed responsibility for last weekend’s atrocities in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead and more than 400 wounded.

Ms Jenkyns, who was in Bali during the suicide bombings of 2005, offered her condolences to the victims and their families following a vigil in Leeds city centre on Sunday and a one minute silence across Europe on Monday morning.

She said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the brutal killings in Paris.

“These young people did not deserve to be murdered. IS are not only attacking those individuals, they are attacking each one of us and our freedom and democracy of our western society.

“In 2005, my parents and I were in Bali when the terrorists suicide bombers killed 20 innocent people.

“We were the lucky ones – we hailed a taxi after eating in a restaurant in Kuta and a minute later the extremists blew themselves up.

“In Paris we witnessed the worst attack in Europe for a decade. We must not sit by and let their diseased minds spread more hatred, we must do all we can; stand up and stand together for what we believe in – peace, tolerance and liberty. We must stop them.”

The series of shootings and suicide bombings took place almost simultaneously at the Bataclan theatre, where American rock band Eagles of Death metal were playing a concert, at several restaurants and cafes, and at the Stade de France, where the French national football team was playing a friendly against Germany.

An hour-long “Je Suis Paris” vigil was held outside Leeds Town Hall on Sunday evening, which included members of the city’s French community and other residents silently placing candles and flowers in memory of the victims.

The name given to the gathering was a reference to the phrase “Je Suis Charlie”, which became the most commonly used shorthand for people to express solidarity after the murder of 12 people at the Paris-based offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which took place on January 7 this year.