Liberal International President and liberal leaders condemn attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Liberal International President and liberal leaders condemn attack on Charlie Hebdo

Liberal-charliehebodThrough a meeting with the French Ambassador to Andorra, LI President, Dr. Juli Minoves, has shared the condolences of the international liberal family in a letter to the President of France, Francois Holland, after the horrific attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. “#JeSuisCharlie is a motto that we all make our own, everywhere, to defend the principles of your democratic society… of all of our democratic societies”, read the LI President’s letter.

Together with liberal leaders from around the world, the LI President spoke in the strongest terms against the massacre that left 12 people dead and many injured.  At 5pm today, Dr. Juli Minoves, personally delivered a letter of condolence for President Hollande of France to the French Ambassador in Andorra, H.E. Mme. Ginette de Matha, who invited the LI President to sign a book of condolence. “Events such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris or the recent killings of over a hundred school children in Pakistan are murderous acts of terrorism against innocent people and against universal freedoms and liberalism”, wrote the LI President.
In a statement, LI President of Honour, Hans van Baalen MEP, said: “Together with Dutch Prime MinisterMark Rutte and leader of the VVD in the Tweede Kamer, Halbe Zijlstra MP, [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][I] condemn the terrorist attack on freedom of speech. Nobody will be able to silence free men and women in Europe, that this attack is an attack on all of us”.
In a statement French Member of the European Parliament, Gérard Deprez, of LI full member ALDE Group in the European Parliament called the attack “a monstrosity without a name. No one and nothing can justify it. The shots that killed in Paris are in reality aimed at us all. They ransack the most sacred values and violate our common humanity. They want to silence us. They will not succeed. I extend my condolences to the families of all the victims and reaffirm my confidence in the ability of democracy overcome the furious assassins.” Many MEPs came together yesterday to condemn the attack, and to hold a minute of silence in front of the European Parliament. 
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and leader of LI full member Rassemblement des Républicains,Alassane Ouattara, described the killing as “a heinous act and unjustifiable attack”. President Ouattarainformed the assembled Ivoirian press of his message of sympathy to French President, Francois Hollande, saying: “It is with deep dismay and real grief that I learned of the horrible unjustified attack against the headquarters of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, causing major casualties and many wounded.” He continued: “The people and the Ivorian government join me to condemn in the strongest terms this heinous act and to address to your excellence and to the bereaved families our sincere condolences and our wishes of a prompt recovery to the injured.”
Former Prime Minister of Lebanon and leader of LI full member the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, also condemned the attack, saying that the killers of the Charlie Hebdo editorial team targeted education and values of Islam. In a statement Hariri said: “Those who use the name of the Holy Prophet as a means to seek revenge and commit the most heinous acts are a group of misguided people who not only aim to harm Islamic-French relations, but also target Islam, as a religion, its values, education and its permanent call for moderation, dialogue and cohesion among religions.”
“In all cases, the attack on the French capital is a clumsy stab that harms Islam and hundreds of thousands of Muslims who have been living in France for decades and benefitting from social, political and human rights. [This attack] could only be executed and planned by those who want to harm Islam and Muslims and set fire to the relations of Arabs and Muslims with the world and other cultures”, Hariri concluded.
Leader of LI member the Partido de la U and President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, declared his solidarity with the people of France and spoke out in defence of civil liberties everywhere. “Life, the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press are universal rights that cannot be violated,” he said.
Leader of Mouvement Réformateur and Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, expressed his “shock, dismay and fear following the shooting in Paris this morning”, saying all his “thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.” Leader of LI full member Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau MP, expressed his dismay for the “horrific attacks,” and extended his condolences and support “to the people of France, the victims, and their families”. Dr Tsai Ing-wen of LI full member DPP Taiwan also condemned the attacks, calling on all to come forward to defend freedom of speech.
MEPs convened on Luxembourg Square in front of the European Parliament to commemorate the victims of the attack in Paris with a minute of silence.
A more comprehensive overview of the liberal response to the attacks in Paris can be found on LI’s Twitter account.
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