Europe Pedestrian strip becomes canvas of support in Brussels

Pedestrian strip becomes canvas of support in Brussels

Two people write solidarity messages in chalk outside the stock exchange in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Two people write solidarity messages in chalk outside the stock exchange in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

A pedestrian strip outside the stock exchange in Brussels became a colorful canvas of support and defiance after Tuesday’s deadly bombings as those wanting to show solidarity chalked messages in everything from local French to Asian script.

A few thousand people were gathered at Brussels’ Place de la Bourse late Tuesday to draw more messages and lay candles. One group broke into Edith Piaf’s “Hymne a L’amour” (Hymn to Love) as onlookers applauded. Many of the drawings were joyous, with slogans like “spread love,” ”Live and Let Live” and “we are one.” Others took a more defiant tone, but the vibe was generally upbeat.

But at the margins, there was sadness. One woman sat against a concrete planter at the edge of the square and sobbed quietly.

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