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Quebecers hold vigil in honour of Brussels attack victims

People across the province of Quebec gathered Wednesday evening to hold vigils in honour of those killed and injured in Tuesday’s deadly attacks in Belgium.

Events organized in Montreal, Quebec City a day after deadly explosions in Belgium

Montrealers gather to honour the victims of Tuesday's Brussels attacks by lighting candles and writing messages of sympathy. (CBC)

People across the province of Quebec gathered Wednesday evening to hold vigils in honour of those killed and injured in Tuesday's deadly attacks in Belgium.

At least 30 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in Brussels, prompting officials to lock down the European capital amid heightened security threats.
A victim receives first aid from rescuers on March 22, 2016 following an explosion at Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel declared three days of national mourning.

In Montreal, a vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday outside in front of the Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal, at 999 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted that he would take part, and he invited all Montrealers to join him.

The first to arrive carried flags and also taped a large Belgian flag to the building's side wall.

They placed a giant black, yellow and red flag on the ground, laying flowers and candles beside it.

Then the crowd sang the Belgian national anthem in unison.

In Quebec City, a gathering was organized by the Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles à Québec. That vigil is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire on Côte de la Fabrique.

Those in attendance were asked to leave messages for the victims in a book of condolences. 

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume were also present.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard signs a book of condolences at an event in Quebec City Wednesday evening to honour the victims of the Belgium attacks. (Radio-Canada)

With files from CBC journalist Shaun Malley

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