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Europeans proclaim solidarity with Brussels attack victims

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 01:16

Europeans, and their monuments, don Belgian flags and the colors of black, yellow and red, in tribute to those killed in the Brussels attacks. Diane Hodges reports.

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In Brussels' Place de la Bourse square, Belgians are gathering to pay tribute to the victims of the early morning attacks on the city. A handmade sign proclaims in French and Dutch: "I am Brussels." Many are still struggling to come to terms with what happened. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOURNER, JOKI NIGS, SAYING: "It honestly really hasn't sank in yet for me personally because I never really believed that something could happen here in Brussels but yeah, it's clearly here." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOURNER, GRO GRAAVAS, SAYING: "It's a sad day for us. Brussels is a fantastic place and I don't want anyone to destroy this beauty that we live with here." In Paris, city hall was decked with Belgian flags, and a moment of silence was held for the victims. The Eiffel Tower was lit in the colors of Belgium's flag -- black, yellow and red. In Germany, the famous Brandenburg Gate, long a symbol of European peace and unity, was also bathed in Belgium's colors. And where people gathered, security was heightened. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed at least 30 people. But in Brussels, some are not concentrating on hate, but on love.

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Europeans proclaim solidarity with Brussels attack victims

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 01:16