Latin American countries stand united with France after Paris attacks

2015-11-14 23:01:34 GMT2015-11-15 07:01:34(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

by Chris Dalby

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- One day after terrorist attacks claimed 129 lives and wounded 352 others in Paris, messages of support poured in on Saturday from across Latin America.

The pain of loss was also acutely felt in Chile, after it learnt that two of its citizens were confirmed among the 89 victims killed in the attacks on the Bataclan concert hall.

Patricia San Martin, niece of the Chilean ambassador to Mexico, and her daughter Elsa San Martin, died in the attack while attending a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal at the concert, Isabel Allende, president of Chile's Socialist Party, said on Saturday.

They are the only Latin Americans confirmed killed in the attacks so far.

Three teams of heavily armed attackers carried out multiple coordinated assaults in Paris on Friday night. IS claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attacks.

Leading the condolences, the Brazilian government released an official statement on Friday night, condemning the terrorist attacks in France and offering their condolences to the French people and government.

"The Brazilian government expresses its deep consternation for the several barbaric attacks occurred on Friday night in Paris, which resulted in many victims," the Foreign Ministry statement said.

The Brazilian consulate in Paris is also monitoring the situation and offering help to the Brazilian citizens in the city. According to local news portal G1, two Brazilian citizens were injured in the attacks.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff also expressed her condemnation of the attacks on her personal Twitter account.

"I am shocked by the terrorist barbarity and express my rejection of violence and my solidarity to the French people and government," she said.

In a show of solidarity, numerous landmarks in downtown Mexico City on Saturday were lit up in blue, white and red, the colors of the French flag, the municipal government said.

Monuments along Paseo de la Reforma, the city's main avenue, the Independence Monument, the Monument to Cuauhtemoc and the Palma roundabout were all illuminated, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry also issued a communique, condemning these "unacceptable acts of violence."

Cuban President Raul Castro also offered condolences to his French counterpart Francois Hollande and the people of France, the daily Granma said Saturday.

"I have heard with regret about the terrorist attacks that have occurred in the city of Paris. I extend our deepest condolences to the people and government of the French Republic, on behalf of the Cuban people and government. I extend these to the families of the victims with my highest consideration and esteem," said Castro's message addressed to President Hollande.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa also called Saturday on all people "to refuse terrorism. Today, more than ever, we must stand firm against terrorism, as to give up would be to let it win. We must be more united than ever."

"We extend our solidarity to all the French people around the world, our solidarity against these cowardly, cruel, brutal and irrational attacks perpetrated in the name of fundamentalism, fanaticism and terrorism," stated a shocked Correa.

The government of Uruguay on Saturday called for "an energetic, coordinated" response to the flouting of international law.

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