A heap of hate: People spit, throw garbage onto spot where Nice attacker was shot (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
People come to the heap to express their grief and outrage, spitting at the pile, throwing cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and other rubbish at the spot where the attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was shot dead by the security forces almost a week ago.
Somebody wrote “Coward!”, “Murderer”, and “F**k Daesh” at the spot.
“We put rubbish there, because it’s garbage,” a local resident in her fifties told 20 Minutes.
“It feels good to see this,” someone said in the crowd.
“Love is all fine and good, but what the world really thinks lies there,” a young woman passer-by told Le Monde.
Sur la Prom', le lieu présumé de la mort de Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, défouloir aux mégots, insultes, crachats... pic.twitter.com/WzRwDvT7lu— Elise Vincent (@elise_vincent) July 17, 2016
Some kids asked their parents what the pile meant, though.
“And for him, we don’t need to lay flowers?” a girl said to her father, who replied, embarrassed, “It’s complicated”, Le Monde reported.
Anger where Nice attacker was killed. People throw trash and spit. Never seen aggression like this after an attack. pic.twitter.com/G0UPSy4Voq— Michael Birnbaum (@michaelbirnbaum) July 18, 2016
Not all the adults welcomed the practice, too, with some saying it reminded them of the Middle Ages.
“And suddenly, just like that, you wake up in the Middle Ages. Let’s light ritual fires, it will happen quicker,” one Twitter user posted.
Et là, d'un coup, bim, tu te réveille au moyen-age. Rétablissons les bûchers au passage, ca ira plus vite.https://t.co/2a8vkQ875Q— Sébastien Mosser (@petitroll) July 17, 2016
The pile is situated near the memorial for the victims of the deadly attack, with the locals laying flowers, candles, teddy bears there, and writing messages full of love and grief.
The horrifying truck attack on Bastille Day in the French city of Nice last Thursday left at least 84 people dead and up to 200 wounded.
The tragedy, the third major terror act to target France in less than two years, led to the state of emergency imposed across the country after last November’s Paris terror attacks being extended by three months.