Paris and BeirutIn response to shocking and disturbing violence that took place last week, including the events in Paris on November 13 and in Beirut on November 12, CUPE National President Mark Hancock spoke out on behalf of CUPE members.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out the family and friends of those killed and injured,” said Hancock. “Our thoughts are also with the first responders and health care workers who are on the front lines of the fight against terrorism. We thank them for their work, leadership and dedication in such difficult times.”

CUPE pledged its solidarity with the people of France, Lebanon, and all those around the world affected by senseless violence.

“We deplore these acts of violence,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury. “We will continue to work for peace and call on our government to end military aggression abroad, and on the international community to ensure that democracy and human rights prevail over violence and fear.”