SAN FRANCISCO—Local residents gathered at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall on January 11 in an anti-terrorism rally in response to the terrorist attack that took place in Paris on January 7.
The massacre left 12 people dead at the hands of two masked gunmen inside the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo. The attack is believed to have been a response to the magazine’s controversial depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammed.
Many rally participants held signs that read “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” building up to a 2:30 p.m. moment of silence followed by a performance of the French National Anthem.
The crowd, composed of both French and American San Francisco residents took the opportunity to remember the slain journalists and police offers, and condemn terrorist acts against freedom of speech.