The lights of Al Giers have been lit up in solidarity with the people of Al Qa’im in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Algiers has witnessed many such incidents over the years, but none have taken such form as the one that took place last week, when hundreds of candle-waving protesters turned out to take part in a candle-lit vigil.
Al Giers has been hosting international events and events since 1871, and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture and historical sites, including the ruins of the old city of Pompeii, the Louvre Museum and the Louvain Citadel.
In the wake, Al Gies organisers held a candlelit vigil for the victims of the deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and the offices of the French satirical magazine, and for the people who lost their lives.
Hundreds of candlelit supporters turned out for the vigil, some dressed in traditional Algerian dress, others in hijabs and burqas.
The event was held in the historic Place de la Bourse, and took place as part of a month-long event to honour the victims.
According to Al Gier’s organisers, the event, which lasted until 5pm local time, was “a way to reflect on the people affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and in particular to show solidarity with those who have suffered”.
Participants in the vigil were dressed in various styles of traditional Algerians, including traditional mouvements and tufas.
In some cases, the participants wore the traditional Algeria tufa, which is known for its high-end design, with a veil, or the traditional French tufe.
Others wore traditional Algerien head scarves, traditional Algerinese caps and traditional Algeriens shirts.
In other cases, participants wore a head scarf or a scarf with a traditional Algerie style, such as the traditional moussaka.
In Algier, the French national flag is flown above the city’s historic centre, as is the Algians flag, which was also flown above.
Algerian flags are flown at half mast in the streets and on streetsides.
Many of the candles were lit at a park on the outskirts of the city, in the midst of AlGiers traditional gardens.
In one instance, candles were also lit on a street in the centre of the town, as the city has a large garden area.
Al Jazeera’s Mimi Al-Ghazzawi reports from Algies historic centre.