MC Sheriff: ‘Acts of terrorism in Paris are attacks on freedom of speech and democratic way of life’

“Je suis Charlie” is a statement used by supporters of free speech against the January 7, 2015 massacre in which 12 people were killed at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The statement identifies the speaker with those who were killed at the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and by extension for freedom of speech and resistance to armed threats.

 

From Martin County Sheriff William Snyder: We are deeply saddened by the acts of terrorism in Paris today.

This was not just an attack on a newspaper, it was an attack on freedom of speech and the democratic way of life. By targeting the press in this reprehensible manner, the terrorists hope to extinguish the flame of liberty and cower us. We must stand shoulder to shoulder to oppose such madness.

When I saw the French police officer murdered in cold blood today, I also saw the faces of my deputies and the faces of law enforcement everywhere. This massacre should serve as a reminder that we are not immune to this growing and malignant threat. We will never surrender to this tyranny, but rather bravely remain resolute and determined to push back against this darkness.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris, the families of the victims at the newspaper, and the family of the slain police officer.

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