Buenos Aires Demo Shows Solidarity with France

Several hundred people gather outside France's embassy in Argentina in repudiation of the jihadist attacks in Paris.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Rally outside the French embassy in Buenos Aires
Rally outside the French embassy in Buenos Aires
Reuters

Several hundred people gathered outside France's embassy in Argentina Sunday in repudiation of the jihadist attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead earlier in the week, reports AFP.

Demonstrators broke out in choruses of the Marseillaise and the Argentine national anthem outside the French diplomatic mission in Buenos Aires's La Recoleta neighborhood.

Signs carried by those who turned out to pay their respects read "Everyone United," "I am Charlie," "I am Charlie, I am a police, I am a Jew."

The references were to Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly where 12 people were killed by two gunmen in the first attack on Wednesday. Four more people were killed Friday in a kosher grocery in Paris by a third gunman, who had killed a policewoman the day before.

"The world is united against these madmen, who are a minority, demons who represent nobody," French ambassador Jean-Michel Casa said, according to AFP.

The demonstration was part of a worldwide outpouring of solidarity with France is it struggles to regain its balance after the sudden attacks by French nationals.

In Paris, an estimated 1.5 million people, including dozens of world leaders, marched through the city's streets in a defiant show of unity.

French flags were raised in the crowd outside the French embassy in Argentina, and flowers were left along its wrought iron fence.

Among those present were leaders of Argentina's large Jewish community and opposition politicians.

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise not just in France, but throughout Europe and in other parts of the world. In November, vandals drew a swastika on the wall outside the home of a local rabbi in the city of Cordova in Argentina.

Argentina was the site of rhe July 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people. Hundreds were hurt in a bombing Argentina says was masterminded by Iran. Tehran's clerical regime has denied the charges.

Two years earlier, in March 1992, a car bombing in front of the Israeli embassy in the capital killed 29 and wounded 200 others.

Argentine authorities also suspect Iran of being behind the 1992 bombing.

In 2012, Iran and Argentina reached an agreement about creating an independent “truth commission” to investigate the AMIA bombing.

Iran has confirmed that it would cooperate with the probe, but has declared in the past that no Iranians facing international arrest warrants over the bombing would be questioned by Argentine judges.




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