DENVER — Dozens of people rallied and marched in Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, to show solidarity and support for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
Several Parisians who now live in Denver said the gathering brought comfort during a difficult time.
“It helps a lot because I feel sad and empty,” said Clemence Durand, who just recently moved to Denver as part of a study abroad program. “What happened there just doesn’t make sense.”
Durand and others, signs like “Pray for Paris” and symbols of peace said what words could not.
“It’s kind of hard to be here,” Durand said. “There’s nothing you can do, you’re just worried about the people you know there. Hoping that they’re safe.”
“I have friends who had friends in the Bataclan, the concert hall, and unfortunately the people died,” said Omar Pierre Soubra. “It’s hard because you don’t know what to say to your friends, there’s nothing we can do from here aside from showing support.”
Not everyone who showed support in Denver had ties to France. Representatives from the Denver Islamic Society were on hand to show their solidarity.
“The terrorists that claimed responsibility for it do not represent who I am or who we are as Muslims,” said Nadeen Ibrahim. “It all comes down to the fact that we are all human beings and that we all need to stand by eachother and that we all deserve dignity and respect and freedom.”
For most, expressing that freedom was what the rally was all about.
“We are not afraid, that’s part of it,” Soubra said. “It’s coming here to show that we can be outside in public, we can show our love to the Parisians and we’re not afraid.”
The Denver City and County Building was also lit up in the colors of France – red, white and blue – in a show of solidarity.