City Pays Tribute To Belgium

Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall arches will be lit up in black, yellow and red tonight as the city stands shoulder to shoulder with the victims of the Brussels terrorist attacks.

Swansea Council has also arranged for flags to fly at half-mast outside the Guildhall and the Civic Centre.

At the Guildhall, the Belgian flag is flying at half-mast, alongside the council flag, the Welsh flag and the Union Jack. At the Civic Centre, the council flag, the Welsh flag and the Union Jack are flying at half-mast.

So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks at Zaventern airport and Maelbeek metro station, which killed 34 people and left many more injured.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “This wasn’t just an attack on Belgium. It was an attack on our democratic way of life as a whole, so I’m sure I speak for residents throughout Swansea when I say we’re absolutely repulsed by events in Brussels.

“As a civilised society, it’s important we do all we can to stand shoulder to shoulder with victims of these senseless, cowardly acts of terrorism. Lighting the Brangwyn Hall arches in Belgian colours and flying flags at half-mast outside our civic buildings shows our thoughts are with the Belgian people during this awfully sad time.”

Global landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building have also been lit up in Belgium’s national colours to show solidarity with the Belgian people during their time of national mourning.

Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall was lit up in red, white and blue back in November to show solidarity with the French people after the Paris terrorist attacks claimed more than 100 lives.




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