‘Peace for Paris’ sym­bol goes vi­ral

Mus­lim Aus­tralian do­nates $1 for ev­ery hate-filled Tweet

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PARIS: A “Peace for Paris” sym­bol, com­bin­ing the city’s beloved Eif­fel Tower with the peace sign of the Six­ties, has gone vi­ral fol­low­ing the Paris terror at­tacks. The de­signer is a 32-year-old French graphic artist, Jean Jul­lien, who lives in Lon­don.

Lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio, he be­came hor­ri­fied by the violence un­fold­ing in his na­tion’s cap­i­tal and reached for his sketch­pad. “My first re­ac­tion was to draw some­thing and share it,” he told AFP. “It was spon­ta­neous. I wanted to do some­thing that could be use­ful for peo­ple.”

“Given the scale of the violence, the peace-andlove sym­bol was es­sen­tial. It was then quite an easy thing to com­bine it with the Eif­fel Tower, the sym­bol of Paris,” he added. “The two sym­bols fit to­gether.” The peace-and-love mo­tif was adopted by Bri­tain’s Cam­paign for Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment (CND) in the 1950s, be­fore be­ing used by anti-war and “counter-cul­ture” mil­i­tants in the 1960s.

Jul­lien posted the com­bined sym­bol on his web­site and then tweeted it. Within hours, it was shared more 45,000 times and retweeted 76,000 times, in­clud­ing by the Bri­tish un­der­ground artist Banksy. At least 128 peo­ple were killed and sev­eral hun­dred were killed in co­or­di­nated gun-an­d­ex­plo­sives at­tacks on a Paris con­cert hall, restau­rants and the Stade de France sta­dium.

A si­m­il­iar In­ter­net phe­nom­e­non occurred af­ter the Jan­uary 7 at­tack on the satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo, in which 12 peo­ple were killed by ji­hadist gun­men.

Joachim Roncin, artist di­rec­tor and mu­sic jour­nal­ist at the life­style mag­a­zine Stylist, de­vised a slo­gan of sol­i­dar­ity, “Je Suis Char­lie” (I am Char­lie), in white cap­i­tal let­ters on a black back­ground.

He placed the im­age on so­cial me­dia, and within hours it was picked up around France and be­yond, be­com­ing the totem of na­tion­wide ral­lies to­talling an es­ti­mated four mil­lion.

An Aus­tralian Mus­lim woman has do­nated close to Aus$1,000 (US$700) to char­ity af­ter pledg­ing to give one dol­lar ev­ery time she re­ceives a hate-filled Tweet.

Susan Car­land, who teaches at Monash Univer­sity in Mel­bourne, tweeted on Oc­to­ber 22 that she was do­nat­ing to UNICEF for ev­ery nasty com­ment from trolls. “Nearly at $1,000 in do­na­tions. The needy chil­dren thank you, haters!,” she said at the time.

Car­land said she had pre­vi­ously been block­ing, mut­ing, ig­nor­ing or oc­ca­sion­ally en­gag­ing with trolls but de­cided some months ago to turn it around based on the Qu­ran’s in­junc­tion of “driv­ing off dark­ness with light”.

“I felt I should be ac­tively gen­er­at­ing good in the world for ev­ery ugly ver­bal bul­let sent my way,” she wrote in a col­umn for Fair­fax Me­dia on Fri­day. Car­land said any Mus­lim seemed to at­tract a lot of hate on­line, and abuse di­rected at her ranged from wish­ing her dead, to in­sults about her dress sense and ac­cu­sa­tions that she was a “stealth ji­hadist”.

But she said making the do­na­tions meant she now barely bat­ted an eye­lid when a “ghastly tweet” was served up to her. “It rep­re­sents noth­ing more than a chalk-mark on my men­tal tally for the next in­stal­ment to UNICEF,” she wrote. — Agen­cies

ROME: A photo taken on Satur­day shows a peace sign next to flow­ers out­side the French em­bassy in Rome, a day af­ter a string of at­tacks on the French cap­i­tal Paris. — AFP

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