Marchons! Marchons! For Liberty and Remembrance

January 12, 2015 12:26 PM

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For more than 45 years, I have gone to demonstrations in support of peace and freedom, but never have I seen, felt, or heard anything like today's march in Paris, organized on two days' notice in support of free expression and as a declaration that the people here are not afraid of deranged deranged terrorists. More than 2 million people filled the streets of the city's Right Bank--double the number expected--and another million marched in other French towns and cities. Probably half of them were carrying some version of the sign "Je suis Charlie," or "I am Charlie," in reference to the revered anarcho-blaspho-antiauthoritarian cartoonists who sustained the small weekly paper Charlie Hebdo.

Two moments struck me fiercely.

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