Montrealers in Munich don't give into fear after shooting
'I don't want to live in fear,' says Montrealer in Munich, who walked home from work despite lockdown orders
With Munich in lockdown following a shooting, many were left far from home and seeking shelter.
Locals turned to social media and began tweeting "#Offentür" or "Open Door" to offer their homes to those who were stranded.
It's similar to what Parisians did after the Bataclan shooting with the #PorteOuverte hashtag.
We have beer and a place to sleep near Prinzregentenplatz / Max-Weber-Platz. DM me! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/opendoor?src=hash">#opendoor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/opendoormunich?src=hash">#opendoormunich</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/offentuer?src=hash">#offentuer</a>—@JoTaucher
Montrealer Heather Lafleur lives in Munich and opened her doors to people who were stranded after the subway was closed and the streets deserted.
"[Locals] are able to post something to social media with an address and allow people to come into their homes, and feed them, or allow them to spend the night until the city is safe," Lafleur told CBC Montreal's Homerun.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/offentuer?src=hash">#offentuer</a> anybody who is stuck around Poccistraße & can't get a place to stay for tonight, please tweet back. We are happy to welcome!—@myself_Riya
Lafleur hosted several people from her husband's office and made them dinner.
"We had people over and ate and tried to celebrate life. We have to continue on."
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a>.<br>Mosques in town will be open all night long for everyone stuck because of the road block<a href="https://twitter.com/izmedien">@izmedien</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/offentuer?src=hash">#offentuer</a>—@Aspeniaonline
Another Montrealer in Munich, Guillaume Champeau, insisted on walking home from his job to defy terrorism.
"I don't want to live in fear," Champeau said. "Bad things happen all over the world. You have to live your life."
He added that the feeling in Munich at the moment is "pure dread" and it makes him appreciate how safe Canada is.
She said her 12-year-old daughter heard a strange noise in the subway one day and thought it was a shooting.
"The luxury of safety we've had our whole lives is over," Lafleur said.
with files from Kate McKenna and CBC Montreal's Homerun