Eiffel Tower Dims Lights to Pay Tribute to Victims of Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
April 22, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2019

The glorious Eiffel Tower usually lights up the Paris skyline as the night falls. But on April 21, the world’s renowned monument switched off its nightly sparkles at the stroke of midnight to honor the victims of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

“Tonight, from 12:00 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks,” a post on the Eiffel Tower’s official Twitter page read.

On Easter Sunday, a series of nine bombings ripped through three churches in the cities of Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo during church services. Four luxury hotels, the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand, the Tropical Inn, and the Kingsbury, were also attacked, killing at least 290 people and injuring over 450 others, according to CNN.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said among those killed were “several U.S. citizens.”

In the wake of these attacks, the Sri Lankan government has blocked major social media networks such as Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram in an attempt to stop the spreading of misinformation. Twitter has been accessible, and government officials were tweeting updates.

A view of St. Sebastian’s Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (©AP Photo | Chamila Karunarathne)
A Sri Lankan Police officer inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (©AP Photo | Chamila Karunarathne)

This is not the first time the lights have been dimmed at the Eiffel Tower.

The magnificent Paris icon has gone dark to pay tribute to the victims of national tragedies in the past, including the Charlie Hebdo shooting and November 2015 Paris attacks, as well as world tragedies such as the Ariana Grande Manchester concert attack in May 2017 and Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019.

The Eiffel Tower lights are dimmed just before midnight in Paris as a homage to the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings on April 21, 2019. (©Getty Images | ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI)
People lit candles on the Trocadero where they watch The Eiffel Tower going dark at midnight in Paris as a homage to the victims of Sri Lanka bombings during the nights of April 21–22, 2019. (©Getty Images | ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI)

On Sept. 30, 2017, the majestic Eiffel Tower was shimmering in the soft candlelight as more than 300 Falun Gong practitioners from around Europe assembled in front of the famous landmark to hold a vigil.

The peaceful meditators were commemorating fellow practitioners who had been killed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the nearly 20-year persecution for upholding their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

©Minghui

In the aftermath of the devastating terror attacks, the world’s leaders took to Twitter to condemn the Easter Sunday bombings.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet.

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of a neighboring country, India, tweeted: “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the people of Sri Lanka.

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