YES stands in solidarity with Brussels

Today, Brussels woke up only to mourn those who have perished in the terrible attacks that hit the Airport and the metro stations near the European Quarter. While the Belgian and European authorities are making all efforts to help those in despair and to identify the authors of this hideous crime, the Young European Socialists – YES stand in solidarity with all the ‘Bruxellois’, and all the citizens of Europe and the World that have been hit by this terrorist attack.

YES wishes to extend our deepest and sincere condolences for the despicable and abhorrent bombings that took place at Brussels this morning. Our thoughts and hearts are with the families of those whose lives were cut short and those who were injured in this tragedy.

In the light of the recent bombings in Turkey and Ivory Coast, and after this morning attacks in Brussels, we, as YES, stand united as before with all communities of Europe and condemn all acts of terrorism and barbary that disrespect the core values of the European thought and destroy the very foundations of our societies. Terrorism knows no borders, nationality or religion. For this very reason, regardless of ethnicity and religion, European countries shall stand as one while keeping the integrity of our core values. It is of utmost importance that we do not forget the consequences of racism or islamophobia would bring. Therefore, we shall fight against terrorism while keeping our integrity and commitment towards the core European values of democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

YES strongly condemns all the acts of terrorism all over the world, and we stand united with those who will not cave into fear or hatred. Brussels will remain a symbol of unity and proximity between all citizens from all over Europe. It is the capital of our European Union and our response to these attacks will continue to be, as the former Norwegian Prime Minister wrote, “more democracy, more openness and greater political participation”. We urge that the European leaders remain united in the defense of these values and that this opens the path for more cooperation and deepened integration, rather than hatred, fear, racism, xenophobia or more protectionism.

The international community must face this global threat together and fight relentlessly for a free democratic and peaceful world. We will never bend to the evil of terrorism and should not allow such vile acts to change our minds and our daily lives. In the aftermath of these tragic events, we will not be afraid and we will keep our commitment towards our fundamental and common values.

 

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
Nelson Mandela

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