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Reactions to the Connecticut elementary school shooting massacre


December 15, 2012 - Newtown, CT

Leaders from around the world have expressed their shock on the Newtown elementary school massacre in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 children and six teachers Friday. The shooting was one of the worst school shootings in history.

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations chief Bank Ki-moon expressed his deepest condolences at the shocking murder. He condemned the horrendous crime and said that targeting children is heinous and unthinkable. The UN chief has written to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

European Union diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton

The EU diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton has expressed shock at the tragic shooting.

Head of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso called the massacre a terrible tragedy. In a statement, Barroso said, "Young lives full of hope have been destroyed,"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Canadian Prime Minister expressed his shock and condolences in a tweet. "The news is just awful. The thoughts and prayers of Canadians are with the students and families in CT affected by this senseless violence," read the tweet.Canadian foreign minister, John Baird, said Canadians "stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends at this difficult time."

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter of condolence. "I ask God our father to console all those who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love," said the Pope in the letter. The letter was read aloud at a vigil in Newtown Friday evening.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

The British Prime Minister said he was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about today's horrific shooting. "My thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones. It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them", he said.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has written to President Barack Obama in which she said she was deeply saddened and shocked. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth are with the families and friends of those killed and with all those who have been affected by today's events," the Queen said.

French President Francois Hollande

The French President extended his condolences in a message to Obama."This news... horrified me and I wish to express my deep shock and consternation," Hollande said.

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto

The newly inaugurated Mexican President Nieto in a tweet said, "My solidarity with the American people and President @BarackObama after the tragedy this morning in Connecticut,"

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

The Australian Prime Minister said "Australia grieves with America today following the mass shooting of primary school children and teachers in Connecticut. Like President Obama and his fellow Americans, our hearts too are broken. We share America's shock at this senseless and incomprehensible act of evil."

Philippine President Benigno Aquino

The Philippine President offered his support and expressed "deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have reached out to comfort the afflicted. We pray for healing, and that this heartbreak will never be visited on any community ever again,"

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