World Reacts To The Bastille Day Massacre With #PrayForNice

#PrayForNice not only expresses grief, it is also full of outrage that such tragedies are still taking place and no one seems to be able to stop them.

Thursday night celebrations of Bastille Day in Nice, France, turned into carnage after a large truck plowed into the crowd, killing at least 84 and injuring over 100 people. Authorities have confirmed the massacre as an act of terrorism, claiming the vehicle was “loaded with arms and grenades.”

The truck crashed into the celebrants when they were watching fireworks, and continued the rampage for about 1.3 kilometers before police finally shot the driver dead.

The witnesses told the media there were dead bodies scattered everywhere — including those of small children and the elderly.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded,” said President Barack Obama in a statement of support and unity. “We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”


World leaders also echoed similar sentiments, condemning the massacre in France. The hashtag #PrayForNice soon began trending on social media.


Score of celebrities from all across the world also took to Twitter to send their love and prayers.



While the hashtag is full of grief, sorrow and support for all those affected by the deadly attack, a number of online users also used it to express outrage and put out a call for action.



Some of their tweets were horrifyingly accurate, highlighting the tragic reality of recent times.



Some more brutal than the others:



Although no terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, French authorities have already suggested it might be an act of Islamist radicalism, likening it to the horrific attacks in Paris.

“We need to do everything we can to fight against the threat of terrorism,” said French President Francois Hollande. “It’s all of France that’s under the threat of Islamist radicalism.”

As for the hashtags and prayers from all around the world, it seems to have become a horrifyingly common routine.

Truth be told, this is not the first time we’re seeing #PrayForNice, we have seen it all more than once following the attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, the shooting in Dallas, Texas, for Brussels after the airport attack and in Orlando after a gunman killed 49 people in an LGBTQ nightclub.

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