Belgium honours victims of London bombings
14 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Belgium joined millions of Europeans in observing a two-minute silence at 1pm on Thursday in honour of the victims of the London bombings.
14 July 2005
BRUSSELS — Belgium joined millions of Europeans in observing a two-minute silence at 1pm on Thursday in honour of the victims of the London bombings.
Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Interior Minister Patrick Dewael joined other political leaders to observe the silence on Parliament steps in Brussels.
Sirens in European Union buildings heralded the start and end of the two-minute silence, newspaper 'De Standaard reported.
Hundreds of European public servants joined Justice and Safety Commissioner Franco Frattini to observe the silence at the Berlaymont, the European Commission headquarters.
The Flemish and Brussels public transport systems shut down, while busses, trams and metro trains also stopped.
Zaventem Airport came to a stand-still as passengers and airport staff paused to honour the victims of last week's attacks.
Flemish broadcaster VRT also observed the silence, telecasting footage of Zaventem, Belgian shopping centres on its network; plus pictures from London and Paris.
Thousands of people also marked the silence across Britain, as train stations and airports fell silent.
Buses and taxis stopped and shopping streets became still. Tube trains continued to run but the silence was announced to commuters. A vigil will be held at 1800 BST in Trafalgar Square.
It is exactly week since four bombs ripped through the London Underground metro system and a double decker bus, killing at least 49 people and injuring 700.
The Belgian Cabinet decided to observe the two-minute silence on initiative from the European Union. At 1pm in Belgium it was midday in London.
Millions of people across Europe observed the two-minute silence as a symbol of sympathy for the victims of the attacks and to demonstrate solidarity with the UK.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news