Published on : Friday, August 18, 2017
The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris shut off its lights at 12:45 a.m. and stood in darkness over the famed City of Lights.
A van crash into into pedestrians at a tourist hub in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 100. The authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the tragic incident and an investigation is ongoing.
The terrorists with the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, though police did immediately confirm the driver’s motive. One video of the crash shows people running from the car near Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya, while another shows people lying in the street, some bloodied and unresponsive.
The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said after the attack in the wee hours in Barcelona that the country would defeat terrorism and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
Anne Hidago, Mayor of Paris condemned the attacks of the terrorists and paying deep tribute, who were killed in the terror attack.
Although the tower dims nightly, the officials will shut off the lights earlier in recognition of an important event or to show solidarity with public emergencies like terror attacks.
The Paris officials dimmed the Eiffel Tower in May after a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
The city did the same in March when terror struck the London Bridge, as well as in December to call attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
The Eiffel Tower also went dark at 8 p.m. in 2015 to grieve the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.