Being Charlie 9

"Je suis Charlie" march in Paris 2015 January 2015

“Je suis Charlie” march in Paris 2015 January 2015

More than 40 world leaders, among them German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a few metres away from Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, EU President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and many other great leaders passed in silence through one of the main streets in Paris.

Absent from the march were President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In their place, Attorney General Eric Holder represented the U.S. at a Paris security conference, according to published media reports. Naturally they are high representatives but on this occasion of such an attack with such a huge impact, we would expect the main leaders to be there. You would have thought the United States also clearly wanting to tell the world it should be enough and that we do not want any terrorisation and limitation on our freedom of living in a multicultural community with freedom for each citizen to have his own faith and willingness to read whatever magazine or newspaper they like. Being not there Obama gave the opportunity to his opponents to say that he is

“sending a very clear message that he supports the Muslim cause even when they attack innocent civilians.” {some reactions on articles}

Though knowing the intense fear Americans have, as we also have seen a few times the security measures taken in Belgium by the U.S.A. presidents visits, we understand that they would have asked even more security measures than where already taken and that this could not be arranged in such short notice.

But those present probably found it more important and much more successful and saying a lot more that up to three million in Paris alone and so many hundreds of thousands at the same time in other cities were wiling to show terrorists and fundamentalists that the Europeans stay united whatever others try to do to divide them. All the world had to come to see the unity of the Europeans who insist on their freedom and made together a joined “cry for freedom” rally.

World-leaders united in Paris on Sunday 11 January 2015

World-leaders united in Paris on Sunday 11 January 2{015

The French government which had decided not to impose any procedure on the gathering, also wanted to leave it open, except to Marine Le Pen to be present in Paris. This made that also some dubious figures about human freedom and good relations good be seen present at this gathering of showing the world we wanted to live in a free uncensored world.

Although the Charlie Hebdo attack struck at the heart of press freedom some of the leaders who marched have dubious records in this area: arm in arm with president Hollande, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali who also took care of an arrest of a newspaper editor for ‘inciting disobedience’. Strange also to see Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arabic Emirates accused of jailing those who had comments on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Of the figures with a dubious past we can mention present, were Sameh Shoukry, foreign minister of Egypt, Ahmet Davutoglu, prime minister of Turkey, Sergei Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia, King Abdallah and Queen Rania, monarch of Jordan and his wife, Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine and Ali Bongo, president of Gabon.

Also  what should be a sign to the whole world as a free speak for freedom of speech and freedom of press, got in the end by the coverage some blurs. Like the conservative Jewish newspaper The Announcer, which has airbrushed female world leaders out of a picture taken during the “Je Suis Charlie” march in Paris.

Israel’s The Announcer, known in Hebrew as HaMevaser, removed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other female leaders from the historic image so as not to offend its highly devout Orthodox readers.

Israel's The Announcer removed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other female leaders from the historic image of the Sunday march 2015 January 11, so as not to offend its highly devout Orthodox readers.

Israel’s The Announcer removed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other female leaders from the historic image of the Sunday march 2015 January 11, so as not to offend its highly devout Orthodox readers.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were also erased, although they left behind a small part of Ms Schmidt’s hand in the picture snapped on January 11.

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaru has been left as a blur and EU foreign affairs and security chief Frederica Mogherini has also been Photoshopped from the frame.

The newspaper said it had removed Mrs Merkel and other women leaders from this week’s paper for ‘reasons of modesty’ because it is not to refer to or depict women in the media.

The women were among 40 world leaders who linked arms to lead more than a million people through Paris following last week’s terrorist killings of 17 people, including six journalists from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Western media have questioned Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s attendance, pointing to Turkey’s record of dealing with press freedom. He gave the message that this march was a sign which should been heard all over the world.

“It is a message to the whole world that everyone must confront the threat of terror.”

“We would expect the same sensitivities to be shown to attacks on mosques or Islamophobia,”

he said after participating in a march along with over 40 world leaders.

On Wednesday some offered doubts on who really was there and presented a different perspective on the leader’s portion of the march which emerged in the form of a wide shot displayed on French and other European TV news reports.

It shows that the front line of leaders was followed by just over a dozen rows other dignitaries and officials – after which there was a large security presence maintaining a significant gap with the throngs of other marchers.

The measure was presumably taken for security reasons – but political commentators have suggested that it raises doubts as to whether the leaders were really part of the march at all.

According to some it seemed world leaders didn’t “lead” Charlie Hebdo marchers in Paris but conducted photo op on empty, guarded street.

According to some it seemed world leaders didn’t “lead” Charlie Hebdo marchers in Paris but conducted photo op on empty, guarded street.

But amid all the criticism, student Axel Fougner effectively represented the views of many on social media by writing today:

“Hypocritical world leaders showing up in Paris does not in any way reduce the sincerity of the millions who marched for #jesuischarlie.”

But let us not forget that Paris was the capital of the world on Sunday, like the  French leader Francois Hollande said. And it was certainly not so much a day for the politicians but for the people of Europe, who had gathered under the eyes of about 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers – including elite marksmen on rooftops – deployed in the capital to protect participants.

Marches all over France

Europe for Charlie, Freedom of press and Freedom of speech

Europe for Charlie, Freedom of press and Freedom of speech

At the night of the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, everywhere in Europe people came together to light candles and to say "Je suis Charlie" this continued up to the night of the big marches in Europe on Sunday January 11

At the night of the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, everywhere in Europe people came together to light candles and to say “Je suis Charlie” this continued up to the night of the big marches in Europe on Sunday January 11

Many placards read “Je Suis Charlie”, “Je Suis Ahmed,” for the Muslim policeman who was the first to arrive on the scene at Charlie Hebdos office and was shot in the head as he lay wounded on the ground; and “Je Suis Yohan,” for the hostage at the kosher supermarket who tried to grab a weapon that the gunman had discarded, only to discover that it was jammed, and who was shot and killed, but there were also many leting others know which religion they belonged to and where solitaire with others. “Je Suis Juif” (“I am a Jew”), “Je Suis Musulman” (“I am a Musulman” or a Muslim”), “Je Suis Athée Et Tolerant” (“I am an atheist and tolerant”), “Je Suis Flic” (“I am a cop”), and the more polite version, “Je Suis Policier” (“I am a policeman”).

French but also lots of people who clearly were not French carried a sign with “Je Suis Français” (“I am French”). Just as the victims and the heroes of the events had been Muslim and Christian and Jewish, so the star and crescent, and the cross, and the Star of David were drawn together and held aloft on pieces of cardboard.

Je suis Charlie Mourning Paris

Je suis Charlie Mourning Paris

 

Charlie Hebdo Paris resilience

Airial view 2015 Paris march Sunday January 11

Airial view 2015 Paris march Sunday January 11

Family members of those killed take part in the march (Photo: Getty)

Family members of those killed take part in the march (Photo: Getty)

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Preceding articles:

Being Charlie 2

Being Charlie 3

Being Charlie 4

Being Charlie 5

Being Charlie 6

Being Charlie 7

Being Charlie 8

It’s beautiful to watch the spread of #JeSuisCharlie across the world

Where do we stand in the backdrop of Charlie Hebdo Massacre ?

Charlie Hebdo, offensive satire and why ‘Freedom of Speech’ needs more discussion

ISIL will find no safe haven

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How Charlie Hebdo Became A Top Terrorist Target

Paris Attack: Manhunt As Armed Killers Flee

Charlie Hebdo: How did it affect ordinary Parisians whose city was under siege?

France mobilizes 10,000 security forces to protect sensitive sites

Turkey expects same reaction to Islamophobia as to Charlie Hebdo attacks

Charlie Hebdo: Female world leaders Airbrushed out of Paris march picture for Jewish newspaper

Paris unity march: which world leaders are really committed to press freedom?

Paris march: TV wide shots reveal a different perspective on world leaders at largest demonstration in France’s history

Europe and much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism becoming No God Zones

Jew refering to be religious or to be a people

Palestine, Israel, God’s people and democracy

Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God

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  • Charlie Hebdo attack: French march in defiance alongside world leaders (blogs.spectator.co.uk)
    Up to 0ne million people are expected to march through the streets of Paris today, in defiance of the terrorist attacks on the city during the past week. David Cameron will join the march, alongside approximately 40 other world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande. Security has been increased around the city, with more than 5,500 police officers expected to be on guard.

    Aerial view showing  political leaders attending the Unity rally (Photo: Getty)

    Aerial view showing political leaders attending the Unity rally (Photo: Getty)

  • Netanyahu Set to Join Tens of Thousands Gathered for Paris March (israelnationalnews.com)
    The British, German and Israeli leaders were also joined by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, all of whom will march through the French capital in the same demonstration – a world first.
  • Hundreds of Thousands March in Paris Rally Against Terror (thestreet.com)
    The mood of the rally was described by television reporters at the scene as “jubilant.” Protesters interviewed on air called for an end to the terror. Many were holding signs that read, “Je Suis Charlie,” in allegiance with the Charlie Hebdo journalists killed for publishing images mocking the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
  • As leaders stood up against terror, where was Obama?: Letter (nj.com)
    They were gathered in a show of resolute solidarity against the terrorist acts of fanatical jihadists, which could well prove to be a turning point in the war against fanatical Jihadist. However, one person was conspicuously missing, that person was Barack Obama. That’s because Barack Obama is not a world leader. The American people would do well to learn a lesson from the mature, brave French people. Vive la France!
  • Kerry missed march, will go to Paris this week (cnn.com)

    President Barack Obama’s administration admitted it erred by failing to send a higher-ranking representative of the United States to the Paris unity march on Sunday.

    “I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday afternoon.

    He said Obama himself would have liked to attend the march “had the circumstances been a little different.” But planning began Friday night, 36 hours before the event began, and there wasn’t enough time for the “onerous and significant” security work that needed to take place ahead of a presidential visit, Earnest said. He said Obama’s presence also would have meant extra restrictions on the people who were there.

    “That said, there is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand foursquare behind our allies in France as they face down this threat,” he said. “And that was evident throughout last week.”

  • Mass March in Paris in Solidarity with Attacks Victims (therebel.website)
    France witnessed three days of terrorist attacks that killed 17 people, including policemen and journalists. The major assault took place on Wednesday, when two militants attacked the satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people including Journalists and policemen.With France still on high alert, a huge security operation has been deployed to combat the threat of fresh attacks.

    More than 5,000 police and soldiers have been mobilized for the rally, with marksmen positioned on surrounding rooftops and security teams scouring drains.

  • Carter Gives Obama the Ultimate Excuse for Skipping Paris March (buzzpo.com)
    Former President Jimmy Carter gave a familiar excuse for why President Obama skipped out on Sunday’s anti-terrorism march in Paris. Carter defended the faux pas, saying it was understandable considering Obama had “just come back from vacation.”In an interview with Katie Couric, the 39th president said
    “I know that President Obama’s just come back from vacation, and I know how it is when you’ve been gone for a week or two. Your desk is piled up, and he had other pressing problems to address. So I don’t think there’s any reflection on our country or no criticism is worthy.”
  • March for Unity: Over 40 world leaders, up to 1,000,000 rally in Paris against extremism (rt.com)
    Up to three million, according to local media estimates, are marching through Paris in solidarity with the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and the three-day-long period of terror attacks. Over 40 world leaders joined the “cry for freedom” rally.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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