This Video of Protesters in Paris Singing John Lennon's "Imagine" is Incredibly Moving — VIDEO
Over the weekend, an estimated 3 million people took to the streets of Paris to rally in solidarity for the 17 victims killed in terrorist attacks against satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The rally is believed to be the largest demonstration in France's history. Moving video from the rally posted Sunday shows hundreds of protestors singing along to John Lennon's peace anthem, "Imagine". The video was posted by Redditor ilHGG, who writes, "I live in Paris, next to the center of the march. Yesterday, we put music on out the window, especially peace songs." He describes the episode as "a grand moment of emotion and communion, totally improvised."*
ilHGG and his roommates showed their support for the crowd by playing songs by a variety of artists from speakers propped on their window. In addition to "Imagine", participants in the rally were treated to Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" and "One Love", David Bowie's "Heroes", the Beatles's "All You Need is Love", and Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance", among others. The crowd seems to have been inspired by the music; ilHGG describes the people chanting "une autre, une autre" (another, another) at the end of each song, but says that Lennon's "Imagine" was by far the most popular, perhaps because Lennon's message seems especially powerful in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks' senseless violence:
Imagine all the peopleLiving life in peace...You may say I'm a dreamerBut I'm not the only one.
*Translated from French