World in mourning for victims of Orlando nightclub shooting

The Eiffel Tower is to be lit up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT community in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, expressed her “compassion, solidarity and affection” for the American people after the attack and said city hall would raise the rainbow flag as well as the stars and stripes.
Omar Mateen, 29, launched his attack on the Pulse club, an LGBT venue in downtown Orlando celebrating its popular Latin dance night, at 2.02am on Sunday.
On Monday, Paris councillors observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the attack, in which 50 people were killed and 53 injured. Cities across the world held vigils in November 2015 for the 130 who died in attacks in the French capital, often illuminating buildings in the colours of the French national flag.
The French football team, who are among the 24 competing at the Euro 2016 championships in France, also tweeted a message of support, along with a picture of a ribbon combining the colours of the US and rainbow flags.

— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 13, 2016
Le football est parfois peu de choses. Pensées pour #OrlandoTogether we stand.

“Sometimes football counts for little. Thoughts for Orlando,” the team wrote, adding in English, “Together we stand.”
In London, venues along Old Compton Street, the heart of the UK capital’s gay community, will stop serving at 7pm on Monday and people will be invited out on to the street in solidarity with the LGBT community and the people of Orlando. Rainbow flags in Manchester’s gay village have been lowered to half-mast.

— ㅤ (@josephIowe) June 12, 2016
Rainbow flags in Manchester's gay village lowered to half mast in respect for the victims of the Orlando shooting

As vigils for the victims were held around the world, social media users rallied online with #GaysBreaktheInternet, which began trending worldwide on Twitter along with #PrayforOrlando.

— Emeli Avaloz (@FrickenEmeliCx) June 13, 2016
#GaysBreakTheInternet I won't live in fear bc of some stupid homophobic people.I'm proud of who I am &always will be

British author JK Rowling was among those paying tribute after it emerged one of the victims worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios. “I can’t stop crying,” Rowling wrote.
David Cameron sent a message of condolence from Britain, and Buckingham Palace said the Queen sent a message to Barack Obama saying: “Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.”
Vigils were held in many US states on Sunday night, including in California, Illinois and Texas. In New York, the lights of the Empire State Building were turned off in sympathy. “We will remain dark tonight,” read a tweet from the landmark’s account.

— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) June 12, 2016
In sympathy for the victims of last night’s attack in Orlando, we will remain dark tonight. Photo:
— madison (@tacoxqueen)June 13, 2016
One World Trade Center. Once the site of a mass casualty, paying tribute to a wonderful community ❤️💛💚💙💜

There was also a vigil outside the city’s Stonewall Inn, the historic gay bar that has been at the centre of the fight for LGBT rights.
Comedian James Corden opened the 2016 Tony awards in New York on Sunday night with a tribute to the victims. “All around the world people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” he said. “On behalf of the whole theatre community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy.
“Theatre is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that.”
In Canada, vigils were held in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, where up to 5,000 people, including the mayor, John Tory, attended a gathering. A group of equity officials in Ontario schools encouraged schools to discuss the incident in classrooms on Monday.
In a statement, Pride Toronto described the shooting as horrific. “This tragedy is a painful reminder that our community still faces hate and discrimination,” it said. “Together we mourn the loss of life, and our hearts and thoughts go to the friends and families of those involved. As a community, we will together stand united during this painful and difficult time.”

— John Tory (@JohnTory) June 13, 2016
Toronto stands with
— Andrew Mather (@Mather_Photo) June 12, 2016
Tragedy in Orlando, @MayorSlyJames reports that the Bond Bridge will remain lit up rainbow colored in

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said it was important to continue with “our open, tolerant life” following the attacks. Speaking during a visit to China on Monday, Merkel said that “we have a heavy heart” over the fact that “the hatred and malignancy of a single person cost over 50 people their lives”.
The Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, said in a letter to Obama that the country stood “shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters”. Rivlin said there was “no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them”.
Tel Aviv’s city hall was lit up with the US flag and the rainbow flag, the city’s mayor tweeted.

— Mayor of Tel Aviv (@MayorOfTelAviv) June 12, 2016
In solidarity with #Orlando#TelAviv City Hall is lit up with the #USA flag and the flag of the #LGBTQ community

The Palestinian prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, said the shooting was a “senseless act of terror and hate” and that “Palestinians stand with the American people in this difficult time”. The statement made no direct reference to the LGBT community.
Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, said to the cabinet as he opened the weekly meeting live on television on Monday morning that the Orlando attack “tells us that terrorism knows no religion, boundary and geography. Terrorism must be eliminated.” He offered his condolences to the people and government of the US.
The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the shooting was “an attack on all of us on all our freedoms, the freedom to gather together, to celebrate, to share time with friends”. He said he spoke to the US ambassador to Australia, John Berry, “and formally conveyed to him Australians’ sympathy, condolences and resolute solidarity in the face of this shocking act of hate and terror”.
The South Australia premier, Jay Weatherill, said the Adelaide Oval cricket ground would be illuminated in rainbow colours, tweeting “love wins”. Other landmarks in Australia to be lit up in the rainbow flag include the Melbourne Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Brisbane Story Bridge. A rainbow flag flew at half-mast above Sydney town hall, which was lit up in pink.

— Clover Moore (@CloverMoore) June 13, 2016
Here's our pink Sydney Town Hall as it gets darker

In Kuwait, where 27 people were killed by an Islamic State suicide bomber last year, the foreign ministry said the government strongly condemned the “terrorist attack” in Orlando, adding that the escalation of such assaults required a doubling down of efforts on the part of the international community to eliminate “this disgusting phenomenon”.
Egypt’s foreign ministry condemned the Orlando attack “in the strongest possible terms”, and offered condolences to the American government and people. “Egypt stands next to the American people in these difficult times, offering sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” it said.
Qatar’s foreign ministry also strongly condemned the shooting and called for concerted international efforts to “face criminal acts that target civilians”.
China’s official Xinhua news agency issued a statement saying President Xi Jinping had called Obama to express his condolences. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, told reporters in Oita on Monday that “Japan stands together with the people of the United States” and that “this despicable act of terror cannot be tolerated”.
In Singapore, where a same-sex kiss was recently removed from a production of the musical Les Misérables, the law minister, K Shanmugam, said on Facebook: “Another senseless shooting … It just goes on and on. The madness is not going to stop.”
The prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, said he was “horrified” and that “Islam abhors killing of innocent people”.



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