Secord visits site of Berlin market terrorist attack
NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair and NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord visited the Berlin Christmas markets – a day and a half after the terrorist attack – to see the impromptu memorials at the site and pay his respects.
In addition, Walt Secord, who is also deputy opposition leader in the NSW Legislative Council visited the Chanukah menorah by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Brandenburg gate and Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
On 19 December 2016, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market beside Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.The terrorist attack left 12 people dead and 56 others injured.
The perpetrator, Anis Amri was killed four days after the attack in a shootout near Milan in Italy.
Mr Secord said: “There were very few shoppers at the usually busy Christmas markets and the few passers-by laid flowers at several sites.”
Mr Secord added: “It was a vile attack which made the holiday season in Berlin a very solemn affair. A sad cloud hung over the entire city. In fact, the markets were eerily silent with a significantly increased police presence.”