Thursday 24 March 2016

London landmarks to light up in Belgian national colours to honour victims

The Belgian beamed onto landmarks across London to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks.
The National Gallery and the London Eye will light up in Belgium's national colours as London pays tribute to the dozens killed and hundreds injured in Tuesday’s bombings.
Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, the National Theatre and Wembley Stadium will also display the colours this evening.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The scenes in Belgium were truly appalling and it is important we pay tribute to the victims, as well as show our solidarity with the people of Brussels. 
“They have the sympathy of every Londoner and our thoughts will be with them as they do their best to recover from this despicable atrocity.”
The Brandenburg gate was illuminated in the black, yellow and red of the Belgian flag last night REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Last night, landmarks across Europe including the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Trevi Fountain were illuminated in the aftermath of the bombings, which claimed at least 31 lives.
Two bombs were detonated at an airport and another blast went off on the city's metro system, leaving a further 270 people injured.
Jennette Arnold, chair of the London Assembly, said: “We must send a clear signal that atrocities like the events in Brussels yesterday will be not be tolerated.
“When London lights up its landmarks, we are condemning terror and mindless acts of violence and standing side by side with Belgians in their tragic hour.”
City Hall also announced that Trafalgar Square will host a vigil on Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, organised in partnership with the Belgian embassy. 
A 25-metre silk flag will be placed in the central staircase in the square.