Cries of ‘Je Suis Charlie’ were heard on the streets of Sheffield as the city came out in force to pay its respects to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris.
Hundreds of people packed Barker’s Pool yesterday to pay respects to the 12 people killed in the attack on the satirical magazine’s offices and the hostages who died in sieges.
Speakers called for people ‘of all faiths’ to show solidarity.
But a row broke out between two groups – one calling itself SYC and Sheffield Unite Against Fascism – which threatened to undermine the event as police stepped in to calm the heated exchange.
The crowd then observed a two-minute silence, while some held up ‘Je Suis Charlie’ posters and a book for people to leave artistic tributes was on display.
Sheffield Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon said: “We gather here to reflect on the lives of the victims and to reaffirm this city of Sheffield’s belief in the importance of free speech, tolerance and respect – the values that hold our society across this city together.
“The terrible deeds of Wednesday will long live in the memory but so too will the solidarity and support shown right across Europe, France and the world on social media and on the streets.
“Today we add Sheffield voices to those already heard.
“I am proud of Sheffield’s status and history as a city of sanctuary, a city of tolerance and a city that is welcoming to people and communities from all over the world.
“This is one of those occasions where we must come together as a city to show terrorism is never a way to solve disputes.”