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Crowe extends sympathy to families of dead in Paris attack

8 January, 2015 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has extended his personal and his party's deepest to those killed and injured in yesterday's attack on the Charlie Hedbo offices in Paris.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“Yesterday's murderous attack on the staff working in the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo in Paris has horrified and angered people all over the world.

“Many Muslims and their organisations have joined with others to quite rightly condemn the attack.

“The horrific images circulated in the print and social media give us some sense of the murderous intent and the ferocity of this attack on staff in the magazine offices and the police officers responding to the scene of carnage.

“Our thoughts this morning are with the twelve grieving families of all who died and of those injured in this gun attack.

“Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

“Religion or religious beliefs are the fig leaf that will be used by some to rationalise this attack on these workers.

“No grievance or religious sleight, no matter how strongly felt can justify such an attack and no cause is served by it.

“Attacks like this are also used by some to introduce more repression and oppressive laws and attack fundamental freedoms.

“Reports of another attack again this morning in Paris will further heighten tension and will compound the hurt of the loved ones of those killed and injured.

“Our thoughts this morning are with the families of those murdered, the injured and with the French people. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.”


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