Demonstrators show solidarity with Iraqi victims
(NG/AFP) A demonstration was held on the Place Clairefontaine in Luxembourg City on Saturday to show solidarity with victims of the recent attacks in Iraq.
Dozens, mainly Iraqis, gathered before the statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte with signs and images detailing the horrors of the recent days in Iraq, which included a car bombing claimed by ISIS which killed at least 64 people at a market in a Shiite area of Baghdad on Wednesday.
But the violence continued throughout the week a well: early on Friday, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Real Madrid fans in a coffee shop north of Baghdad, killing over a dozen.
And just on Saturday, ISIS infiltrated a town in Iraq's Anbar province with several fighters wearing suicide belts in a raid that killed at least five people, security officials said.
"The Iraqis living in Luxembourg going out to protest stand against the terrorist operations that target innocent lives in Iraq," said Ennas Al Sharifi, an Iraqi journalist who contributes to wort.lu/en and helped organise the event.
The demonstration included artists reenacting scenes of the aftermath of a bombing. Signs held by the demonstrators included messages such as "Muslim is not a terrorist".
As Al Sharifi points out, the only "fault" of the victims is that "they were born in Iraq and are still living there." She added: "Despite the distance between us and our country, Iraq, which is still bleeding, we bring together the Sunni and Shiite sects, Christian and Yezidi, to prove to the world that we are the heart and soul of one."