Tens of thousands gathered around the world to pay tribute to the 17 people killed in Paris last week, when a kosher grocery store was stormed, a policeman shot down, and the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine attacked by gunmen.
“We have killed Charlie Hebdo,” one of the attackers shouted before ducking into a waiting getaway car.
Soon after the attack, people around around the world have rallied under the phrase, “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” to suggest that the attack hit more than just a few irreverent cartoonists, but cut across to a widely-held belief that the freedom of expression must must be protected, even if it’s controversial.
“No matter what a journalist or magazine has to say, even if it is not what the majority of people think, they still have the right to say it without feeling in danger, which is the case today,” Alice Blanc, a student who is originally from Paris told the ABC News while at protest in London.
In Paris on Sunday, French leaders walked arm and arm heads-of-state from around the world to join an estimated 1.6 million who took to the city’s streets.
They converged, along with thousands of others, on Paris’ iconic Place de la Republique.
Smaller scale demonstrations and vigils were held around the world from Kathmandu to Buenos Aires. Take a look: