Quebecers hold vigil in honour of Brussels attack victims
Events organized in Montreal, Quebec City a day after deadly explosions in Belgium
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.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel declared three days of national mourning.
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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.
Mayor <a href="https://twitter.com/DenisCoderre">@DenisCoderre</a> says Montreal stands with Brussels; gives Belgium all his sympathies <a href="https://t.co/Lay6FF46dv">pic.twitter.com/Lay6FF46dv</a>—@CBCShaun
The first to arrive carried flags and also taped a large Belgian flag to the building's side wall.
Belgian flag has been taped to the side of building which houses the consulate <a href="https://t.co/lZKNwe3H41">pic.twitter.com/lZKNwe3H41</a>—@CBCShaun
Montrealer Justin Margolis spent time in Brussels; says the attacks were tough to take <a href="https://t.co/WACnqGlH21">pic.twitter.com/WACnqGlH21</a>—@CBCShaun
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.
Some have written messages of support in chalk; one reads "Belgium - wounded but still standing" <a href="https://t.co/0glORSoRRB">pic.twitter.com/0glORSoRRB</a>—@CBCShaun
Sidewalk in front of consulate choked with people. Some just sang the Belgian national anthem <a href="https://t.co/3LZMQYmg4m">pic.twitter.com/3LZMQYmg4m</a>—@CBCShaun
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.
La délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles du Québec invite la population à signer ce livre pour les victimes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rcqc?src=hash">#rcqc</a> <a href="https://t.co/bLujHleBtV">pic.twitter.com/bLujHleBtV</a>—@duvalalex
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume were also present.
With files from CBC journalist Shaun Malley