Minute’s silence for Belgium victims

For one minute today, staff of the European Union delegation stood in silence as a show of respect for the 31 people who perished in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Belgium.

The group calling itself Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly explosions, which tore through Brussels Airport and a metro station in the city, injuring 270 people.

European Union Ambassador to Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Mikael Barfod described the incident as “barbaric and senseless, noting that some of his staff had recently stayed at the hotel close to the Metro Station that was bombed.

Barfod read a joint statement issued by EU leaders, which labelled the incident an attack on its “open democratic society”.

The grouping added that it was standing in solidarity with Belgium and vowed to “face the threat together with all necessary means”.

“This latest attack only strengthens our resolve to defend European values and tolerance from the attacks of the intolerant. We will be united and firm in the fight against hatred, violent extremism and terrorism.

Barford also opened a book of condolence, which was signed by Belgium’s Honorary Consul Jennifer Fields. The condolence book will be located at the Delegation’s Offices, Hastings Christ Church.

The Belgium Honorary Consul has also opened an electronic book of condolence at http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/condolences.jsp

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