Green Party stands in solidarity with those who abhor terrorism

Speaking in the Assembly today, Monday, 16 November 2015, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, Green Party leader Steven Agnew MLA said,

“On behalf of Green Party, I offer sincerest condolences to people of France and wish a fullest recovery to those who have been injured.

“It is hard to understand the mind-set of people who are so determined to cause misery, suffering and death. While we all join in sympathy and sorrow, it is difficult to fathom those who would celebrate.

“What is important is how we respond and I look back to the response of Norwegian Prime Minister in the wake of the Anders Breivik attack, who said that we need more democracy, more openness but not naivety.

“While we must protect our way of life, in doing so we must not destroy our way of life.

“I have only questions. At the minute, we need to be asking the right questions, because anyone who has simple answers is probably getting it wrong. We must question how we respond.

“The Green Party stands on a platform of non-violence. I worry about knee jerk reactions. We need to question if fighting bombs with bombs is the way forward; the way to mourn victims is not to create more innocent victims.

“The Green Party stands in solidarity with all those who abhor terrorism.”

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