Portugal condemns terror attack in Paris

2015-01-07 19:40:51 GMT2015-01-08 03:40:51(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LISBON, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Portugal condemned the terror attack which took place at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in capital city Paris and claimed 12 lives on Wednesday.

"The Portuguese government utterly condemns the violent attack which took place today in Paris, causing over a dozen deaths and several injuries," the Portuguese ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

"Portugal profoundly laments the loss of human lives and sends the French government and families of the victims its utmost condolences and its profound solidarity," the statement added, pointing out that the suspects of the "barbaric act" should be quickly "detained, brought before the tribunal, and condemned."

The Portuguse newspaper Expresso wrote in an editorial that the event was "criminal" and "murderous" and an attack on the freedom of all citizens.

"Attacking the freedom of the press and freedom of expression is not merely wanting to intimidate those who, through satire and comedy, reveal and confront world violence," the editorial reads. "They killed journalists because they want to silence us all..."

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