« There were also protest in some American cities. In San Francisco, hundreds of people held pens, tiny French flags and signs that read « I am Charlie » up in the air outside the French Consulate in the financial district. A handful of the participants lit candles that spell out « Je Suis Charlie, » while others placed pens and pencils and bouquets of white carnations and red roses by the consulate’s door.
Julia Olson, of Nimes, France, said she wanted to be in the company of other people after hearing the news.
« There is nothing we can do but be together, » the 26-year-old said.
Several hundred people gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square amid chants of « We are not afraid » and holding signs in English and French saying « We are Charlie. »
In Seattle, about 100 people assembled near the French Consulate office with many holding signs in support of the victims.
The Newseum in Washington displayed « #JeSuisCharlie » on its atrium screen as a show of support for free expression.
In Los Angeles, a small group gathered outside a French restaurant with people holding up signs and cell phones that read « Je Sui Charlie » and « I am Charlie. »