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Europeans pay tribute to victims of tsunami disaster

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Europeans pay tribute to victims of tsunami disaster


People across Europe have observed three minutes of silence in most major cities, with public places coming to a virtual standstill. Public transport was delayed for the midday tribute, and many radio and television stations cut their sound for three minutes. In Sweden, the country with the highest death toll in Europe, normally busy areas fell eerily silent. There were similar scenes across many countries, with flags flying at half mast in memory of the 150,000 people known to have died, a toll that is expected to rise much further.

Church services were held, airports came to a standstill, stock exchanges fell quiet and students stood up from their desks in silent tribute. Special ceremonies were also held at Asian embassies. Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said the three minute silence was appropriate, given the scale of the disaster. The last time minutes of silence were officially observed in Europe was last March, after the Madrid train bombings. The same tribute was also held after September the 11th, 2001.
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