Chicago, January 7, 2015 – Niagara Foundation abhors the actions and motives of three masked gunmen, who this morning attacked the office of a French satirical newspaper in Paris. The gunmen killed at least 12 people and left more injured.
The publication, called Charlie Hebdo, recently published several cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The gunmen are suspected to have been responding to these images with an atrocious act of self-radicalized retaliation. There is no way to justify the killing of or violence against innocent people.
Members of the Niagara Foundation vehemently condemn the attack of these gunmen. Their actions are wholly incompatible with the values and work of the Niagara Foundation, which seek to promote unity, tolerance, compassion and peaceful dialogue.
Niagara Foundation sends our thoughts and encouragement to the families and friends of those killed or injured, the staff at Charlie Hebdo and the whole of France as they unite against such acts of terror.