Je suis Charlie, Paris.

je suis charlie copyI think the whole world knows what’s going on in Paris, but for the people who just came out of their hibernation…here’s what going on. 

Together with the rest of the world, I stood still as well by what happened in Paris yesterday. I was so shocked when I heard the news for the first time. I want to show my deepest sympathy to everyone that has been harmed by this horrible act. Stay strong and keep those pencils up. Everyone has the right to express their opinion in their own way!

At this moment the ‘Je suis Charlie’ page on Wikipedia has become a busy topic. It feels like we’re getting every minute more and more information about what is going on in Paris. I’m not going to blog 4 pages about all the things that are going on, but just a short summary of what took place yesterday and what you should do if you have booked a trip to Paris in the upcoming days.

Yesterday around 11:30 two masked gunman stormed into the headquarter of the french satirical newspaper in Paris: Charlie Hebdo. The prints and comics in the newspaper of Charlie Hebdo are often very hard, cynical and critical of authorities and institutions.Unfortunately this time the reason for an horrible attack on 9 employees of Charlie Hebdo. Before they jumped back into their car to get away, they called the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) and shot two National Police officers dead. There are also a number of serious injuries. The attack was well prepared, they knew all the names and got along with heavy weapons.

The National Police of France have launched a manhunt to get the perpetrators. Want to stay informed of the arrests? Keep an eye one the different live blogs on the internet. For now the editors of newspapers and magazines, department stores, cultural institutions and public transport in Paris will receive extra security.

All the cartoonists, illustrators, artists and people who believe in freedom of expression are showing their outrage on Twitter with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie. Many responses are with cartoons and illustrations. You can find my illustration on top of this blog post and of course also on my twitter page.

Important: the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo have announced that the publication will continue. The magazine will be published next week as usual, only with much larger number of copies, 1 million!   

If you have booked your trip to Paris, I can understand that you have your doubts. Yeah, there is at this moment a tiny risk to travel to Paris, because something terrible happened. But don’t forget that all the security in Paris is extremely tightened to make it as safe as possible for everyone. An attack can happen anywhere. Keep an eye on the newswebsites, my blog and social media to learn more about the current situation in Paris.