Islamic terrorists screaming “Allahu akbar” murdered 89 people in the Bataclan theater last November.
Almost exactly one year to the night that ISIS-affiliated terrorists attacked the Bataclan, killing 89 people, Sting reopened the Parisian concert hall that he first played decades ago during the early days of the Police.
The singer, who asked for a moment of silence in fluent French, told the crowd, “In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”
The venue’s VIP area was reserved for survivors and the families of those who were killed there on Nov. 13, 2015.
One survivor, 25-year-old Aurelien Perrin, who lost his friend Nicolas Berthier in the attack, told the Associated Press about his experience that night and what brought him back to the Bataclan.
“I came alone tonight,” he said. “It’s very emotional, as I keep getting flashbacks of that night. I was standing just there, just the other side of the bar when it happened. Tonight is the first time I’ve been back here since,” he said, adding that he hasn’t gone to any bars or movie theaters in the past year.
“I’m here because it’s important to finally finish a concert that was never allowed to end. It’s for the memory of my friend and for all the 90 people who died,” he said.
Though the concert was dedicated to the people lost that night, Sting also made an effort to include those who share the same religion or ethnic background with the terrorists.
French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf joined Sting for An Englishman in New York and Fragile. The set also included Desert Rose, his 1999 hit which featured Arabic lyrics sung by Algerian artist Cheb Mami.
Sting even sang the Arabic expression “Inshallah (God willing),” calling it “a magnificent word.” The room applauded but later, Tommy Robinson, a far-right English activist, called the gesture “disrespectful” on Twitter.
What a cock.
I bet none of the Islamic terrorist’s victims families thought it was god’s will that their loved ones died.
– USA Today