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Paris resident: 'We are not safe anymore'

Posted November 17, 2015

— One of the largest gatherings in Paris following the attacks has centered on a memorial across the street from the Bataclan.

Many who visited found it hard to put their feelings into words.

“It’s very hard for everyone and it was a place I used to go,” said Paris resident Lucy Waite.

Waite has come to the memorial three times since the Friday attacks. She used to live nearby and said she felt that she easily could have been among the victims.

“I moved one year ago, and I’m like ‘it could be me,’ so I feel lucky but I feel really sad,” said Waite.

“This could be me, this could be my friend, this could be my mother. It touched us really deeply,” said one Paris resident.

The Parisian brought his mother to the spot at the Bataclan, a place he once played with his own band three years ago.

“We need to share, to share this pain,” he said.

Christian Gonjmo said that he hasn’t slept in days.

“It’s terrifying. I’m so scared. We are not safe anymore,” said Gonjmo. “It’s like a nightmare continuing because we think it’s not over.”

The attacks happened at places where young people go- concerts, bars, and restaurants. Some young Parisians are taking it personally.

“They tried to attack young, French people because if it’s a war, it’s going to be a war with our generation, so they tried to [scare] us,” said Waite.

The people of Paris see the support coming from across the world.

“We appreciate that. It is important to us. It is helping us to move to continue our lives,” said Gonjmo. “


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  • El Conquistador Nov 18, 2015
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    Or apparently Obama.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 18, 2015
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    I regret to say it, but we are not safe either with all of the Syrian refugees in. Obama mocked the GOP saying they are afraid of widows and children coming in from Syria. I see a whole lot of male refugees coming in too, why are they not fighting for their homeland? We are going to regret inviting them in.

  • Derril Salter Nov 18, 2015
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    Let the perpetrators in....and disarm the populace. Hitler couldn't have planned it better.

  • El Conquistador Nov 18, 2015
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    Well when your country lets these folks in and doesn't let you have the right of self defence and your first responder police officers don't even carry guns what pray tell did you think was going to happen?

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 18, 2015
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    I am sorry to be the one to tell you Mr. Gonjmo, that you are no more safe, nor any more at risk, than you were 3 days ago. The only thing that is different, is the mindset.