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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.