Berlin Christmas Market Attack Anniversary – We Do Remember

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Germany commemorated the first anniversary of the December 19, 2016 Market attack that took lives of 12 people.

As it was reported, that the market at the Breitscheidplatz was closed the till Wednesday. The relatives of the victims of the attack and some other people came to light candles and lay flowers at a new memorial.

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Source: AP: Markus Schreiber

The 17-meter-long line of bronze on the square ground is meant to symbolize the wound the attack left in the lives of the victims’ loved ones.

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Source: Reuters

Politicals reactions

Many officials and politics came to the anniversary to honor the memory of the victims of the horrible atack. German politicians have said more must be done to offer assistance to victims following a terrorist incident.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the German government “was not sufficiently prepared for the consequences of such a terrorist attack for those affected.”

“For this we can only apologize to the victims and surviving relatives. It remains a never-ending task of politics in a democratic constitutional state to learn from mistakes and to assume our responsibility towards the victims of terror,” Maas wrote in an op-ed in the Tuesday edition of the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed that Germany would learn from the experience over how to deal with the relatives of victims. Speaking after the ceremony, Merkel said that she and entire federal government would heed the lessons and “do everything humanly possible to not just improve security, but to help those whose lives have been affected or destroyed.”

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Source: MAURIZIO GAMBARINI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“Today is a day of mourning, but also a day of willingness to do things better in future, that went wrong in the past,” she stressed.

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