Hartlepool pays respects after Orlando shooting with half-mast rainbow flag

Hartlepool Council flies the Rainbow Flag at half mast.
Hartlepool Council flies the Rainbow Flag at half mast.
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Hartlepool Council is flying the Rainbow Flag at half mast at the Civic Centre as a mark of respect following the atrocity in Orlando earlier this week.

Forty-nine people were killed when a gunman entered a nightclub and started shooting at those inside in the worst mass shooting in US history.

The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of a mixed LGBT community.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council said: “The atrocity in Orlando affects so many families and communities. It was both a terrorist attack and a homophobic attack on LGBT people.

“It was both the worst mass shooting in the history of the USA whilst also being the worst targeted mass killing of LGBT people in the western world since the Holocaust.

“I cannot imagine the pain the families must be going through at this sad time but it is fitting for people to show solidarity and challenge hate in whatever form they see fit because in doing so you will prove hate will never win."

A candlelight vigil will take place at 5pm on Thursday June 16 at Central Square in Middlesbrough.