Posted November 17, 2015

Melbourne gathers for Paris

More than 5,000 people gathered at Fed Square last night to pay their respects to the victims of the Paris attacks.

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Families, the young and old, locals, those far from home, those without a home, police and four-legged friends all packed into The Square holding French flags, candles and peace signs.

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White t-shirts were worn by many, as requested by organisers, and were sprayed with artwork featuring the Eiffel Tower in a peace sign.

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The sun shone as John Lennon’s Imagine was played and the gathering stood for a minute’s silence.

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Following the formalities of the vigil, the crowd formed into the shape of a ‘group heart’ – a mass civic show of peace and unity.

An impromptu shrine of flowers, flags and messages for the Paris victims emerged in The Square and on the Main Stage.

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One of the many tributes that have taken place across the globe since the Paris attacks, the Fed Square vigil offered the people of Melbourne a chance to come together in response to tragedy.