The Bataclan's Response To The Paris Attacks Is Simply Heartbroken
Three days after the horrific attacks in Paris, the City of Light is still in deep mourning for those who lost their lives. Among the targeted areas was the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 80 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Since the night of the attacks, many have been gathering outside the venue to pay their respects to the victims. In response to this moving gesture, the Bataclan's owners have released a statement, their first since Friday's terror. Like many around the world, they are absolutely heartbroken over the tragedy, but they're also deeply touched by those who are paying visits to the venue.
The Bataclan's owners took to Twitter Monday morning to post the following statement (translated by BuzzFeed):
Dear friends, No words can express the level of sadness we feel.Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones. Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately the authorities still need to work on site. We will keep you informed as soon as it’s possible for you to come and mourn in front of the concert hall.Thank you for your support, which deeply affects us.
The owners are clearly touched by the show of support, but it seems it will be some time before people can visit the venue, as authorities continue their investigation.
On Friday, multiple terrorists orchestrated a series of attacks throughout central Paris, which left at least 129 people dead. In addition to the Bataclan, there were shootings at the restaurants Le Petit Cambodge and La Belle Equipe, and explosions outside the Stade de France. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the massacre.
The day after the attacks, before releasing their statement, one of the club's co-owners, Dominique Revert, spoke to French newspaper Le Figaro about the incident. He wasn't at the Bataclan during the hostage situation, but his partner Jules was, and he described the nightmarish scene. He called Revert and said (translated by Google Translate), "There are three dead bodies in the hall. The terrorists are still in the room. I hear bursts of machine guns. It's horrible."
Revert also confirmed that at least one employee of the club, a lighting technician, was killed, along with several crew members of the band.
In the wake of the attacks, officials imposed a two-day ban on all concerts, which was lifted Monday. While the Bataclan will remain closed for the investigation, other venues throughout Paris will operate as usual, but will likely employ enhanced security.