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Candles and barriers as attacked Berlin Christmas market reopens
December 22, 2016 / 1:23 PM / 9 months ago

Candles and barriers as attacked Berlin Christmas market reopens

Flowers and candles are placed near the Christmas market at Breitscheid square in Berlin, Germany, December 22, 2016, following an attack by a truck which ploughed through a crowd at the market on Monday night. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ringed by concrete barriers, the Berlin Christmas market targeted in a truck attack this week reopened on Thursday with candles, flowers and flags laid amid the small festive huts in tribute to 12 people killed.

As the huts selling traditional sausages, mulled wine, gingerbread and Christmas gifts drew up their shutters, dozens of visitors walked along the aisles, stopping at a makeshift memorial to pay their respects. Stall holders lit candles under a placard reading “We are sad”.

“I think it is very good that the Christmas market is open again. That makes us look stronger, not weaker,” said Sema Ozcan, a Berlin resident from Turkey.

Workers had ringed the market with large concrete barriers designed to prevent any repetition of Monday’s attack, where a truck careered into evening crowds. The driver fled and a Tunisian suspect is now being sought by police.

Similar precautionary measures have been taken at other Christmas markets in Germany in the wake of the attack, which shocked the country and prompted a step up in security for Christmas-related events elsewhere in Europe.

More than 60 other Christmas markets across the German capital reopened under tightened security on Wednesday.

Reporting By Reuters Television; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Ralph Boulton

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