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Hamburg's First Mayor: "We will Defend Freedom, Democracy, and Our Way to Live"

Nous sommes unis - "we stand united" is the message following the attacks in Paris by the politicians and people of Hamburg. "We stand by our French friends!"

The attacks in Paris have sparked global horror, sympathy and deep sorrow. Also in Hamburg, thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany cultural affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German cooperation, said upon his return from China:
“We mourn the many deaths and our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims and the many people hurt in Paris. They have our deepest sympathy. These hideous act of terrorism has been directed against our democracy, our freedom and the way we live. We will defend democracy, freedom, and our way of life and firmly stand on the side of our French friends. “

In an interview with the German press agency dpa, Hamburg’s Deputy Mayor Katharina Fegebank called the terrorist bloodshet in Paris “attacks on the heart of the free and civilized society”.

Hamburg’s Senator Michael Neumann said at NDR: “For me, it is still unbelievable and unimaginable what has happened in Paris in regard to brutality and crime.” He shares the deep sorrow with the families who have lost loved ones.

Social Media

Dismay and disbelief rules in the social networks. Nous sommes unis – “We are united” reads a message now often found in the social media. “The assassinations of innocent civilians is an attack on all of us”, it says in many posts.

Social media were high in demand to organise assistance and to make sure families and friends are fine. People searched for friends and acquaintances via Twitter and other channels. To people not able to return home due to closed metro lines, Paris locals offered a night in their homes via Twitter with the #PorteOuverte (# Open Door) . Facebook set up a page showing if friends were in Paris during the attacks, and if they were safe.

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