Social media users showed their support for satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following the bloody attack in France.
Within minutes #CharlieHebdo was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, as people around the world shared their horror at events unfolding in Paris.
A second hashtag, #JeSuisCharlie, French for “I am Charlie”, also trended, as people rallied behind those killed and injured in the terror attack. Users also posted images on social networks showing the phrase in large letters.
Many others using both hashtags repeated some of the striking front pages that the magazine has printed over the past years.
A Twitter campaign pledging support to the victims and the French magazine had already gained traction within moments of the first #JeSuisCharlie hashtag being posted.
Many tweeted the famous misquote of French philosopher Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
David Gilliland from Belfast, using @eablairshamster, wrote: “Paris is my favourite city in the world so horrified to see what’s happening there today. Attack on people, attack on freedom #JeSuisCharlie.”
A similar outpouring of support occurred in the aftermath of the Sydney hostage crisis last month, in which #IllRideWithYou was posted by users offering to sit beside members of the Islamic community on public transport amid concerns of a backlash against Muslims.
More than 4,000 people have so far shared the #CharlieHebdo message on the Instagram network.
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