NY lights World Trade Cen­ter red, white, blue

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

New York lit One World Trade Cen­ter, the tallest build­ing in Amer­ica, red, white and blue in sol­i­dar­ity with France af­ter at­tack­ers killed at least 120 peo­ple in Paris. It was a pow­er­ful sym­bol of US friend­ship and sup­port for the French, made from the tallest build­ing in the United States, which was built on the site of the 9/11 at­tacks on New York. Its 408-foot spire is so large it can be seen across much of Amer­ica’s largest city and across the Hud­son River in New Jer­sey.

“To­day, and in the days ahead, New York will light One World Trade Cen­ter in blue, white and red as we stand in solemn sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of France,” Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo said. “We join them in mourn­ing those who were killed and in pray­ing for those who were in­jured or lost loved ones. And we con­tinue to stand side by side with them in our com­mit­ment to a free and peace­ful world.”

The French at­tacks are among the dead­li­est in the West since the Septem­ber 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks on New York, Wash­ing­ton and Penn­syl­va­nia. Other US build­ings also lit them­selves in the colors of the French flag, in­clud­ing city hall in San Francisco and the Omni Ho­tel in Dal­las, Texas. Else­where in the city, French ex­pats gath­ered in Union Square to ex­press their sol­i­dar­ity with their com­pa­tri­ots. Some of the 50 or so demon­stra­tors car­ried hand­made signs read­ing “Don’t be afraid,” and “Pray for Paris,” as they stood to­gether in si­lence. “It’s very hard not to be in Paris at this mo­ment,” said Anais Bour­rut-La­cou­ture, 22, a busi­ness stu­dent.

Cel­e­brated guer­rilla artist Banksy on his Twit­ter ac­count made a plea for “Peace for Paris, post­ing a paint­ing in which the iconic lines of the Eif­fel Tower were fash­ioned into a peace sym­bol. The im­age was re-tweeted thou­sands of times. New York po­lice mean­while were on height­ened alert, de­ploy­ing counter-ter­ror­ism re­in­force­ments to crowded places and out­side the French mis­sion to the United Na­tions, and the French con­sulate. The New York po­lice depart­ment said the re­in­force­ments were made “out of an abun­dance of cau­tion” to re­as­sure the pub­lic.

NEW YORK: One World Trade Cen­ter’s spire is shown lit in French flags colors of white, blue and red in sol­i­dar­ity with France af­ter tonight’s terror at­tacks in Paris. — AFP

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