Street artist Banksy’s powerful message of perseverance after Paris attack

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The street artist Banksy weighed in on Wednesday with a powerful homage to the murdered journalists at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, victims of a horrific terror attack.

Banksy posted a picture on his official Instagram account featuring
three pencils — the pencil fully intact is next to the word “yesterday,”
a broken pencil represents “today,” and the resharpened shard shows
there will be two pencils “tomorrow.”

He adds: “RIP,” joining scores of other cartoonists and artists who have been sharing tributes throughout the day.

Take a look:

About the attack

Twelve people were killed in what France’s president called a “terror
attack” on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday,
leading authorities to launch a massive manhunt for the gunmen, who
remain at large. No arrests have been confirmed in the hunt for the
attackers, though an “anti-terror raid” is reportedly underway in the
northeastern city of Reims.

The brothers, caught on tape by an eyewitness, shouted “Allahu
akbar!” as they walked outside the building carrying large guns and
dressed entirely in black. The magazine staff was in an editorial
meeting, around lunchtime in Paris, when the gunmen opened fire. Eleven
others were wounded; four of those injuries are serious.

Witnesses described the gunmen as speaking perfect French.

Charlie Hebdo has frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims. In
2011, the magazine was firebombed after it ran a cartoon depicting the
Prophet Muḥammad.

The editor in charge of the paper was one of those killed on
Wednesday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though
supporters of militant groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda
praised the attack online. World leaders condemned it as an attack on
freedom of expression.

Additional reporting by Mashable staff. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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