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Brussels Attack: Chalk Messages Of Love Fill Bourse Square

'Hate is a tool of power'

23/03/2016 10:44 GMT | Updated 23/03/2016 11:11 GMT

The pavement of a Brussels square has been covered in chalk messages of love and defiance in the wake of the attacks across Belgium's capital city on Tuesday.

Hundreds of words and drawings now cover the the plaza outside the Bourse – the Belgian stock exchange - following yesterday's attacks at Brussels airport and Metro station, which resulted in the deaths of 34 people and left more than 200 injured.

Citizens have been leaving inspiring messages of love. Drawings of hearts fill the square and messages read: "We are one", "hate is a tool of power" and "love is our resistance".

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    Messages of condolence and support sit chalked at Beursplein square in Brussels, Belgium.
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    A message is written on a wall following Tuesday's attacks.
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    Messages of solidarity were written in chalk acors the square.
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    Sterkte is an expression used to wish someone the strength to persevere with their hardship.
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    'This is not Islam' was written on the pavement. So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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    'All you need is love' was a common mentality expressed by those paying tribute.
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    Supportive messages have been chalked at Beursplein square in Brussels, Belgium.
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    A message is written on the ground, surrounded by hearts.
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    'Love is our resistance' is one of the many messages of defiance.
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    34 people were killed in the attacks, which injured hundreds.
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    Explosions ripped through the Brussels airport departure hall and a downtown subway station on Tuesday morning.
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    'Us' is emphasised in the word 'Brussels' to show solidarity.
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    Hundreds of flowers were also left at the square.
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    Solidarity messages are written in chalk outside the stock exchange.
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    Messages were written in a range of colours.
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    A message written on the ground reads 'Brussels is beautiful' next to flowers and candles.
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    Pigeons walk by a graffiti reading 'we are one'.
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    A writing on the asphalt reads "Brussels forever" at the place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels.
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    People walk over messages written on the ground at Place de la Bourse.
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    People write messages on the ground at a makeshift memorial.
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    Floral tributes, candles and chalked messages of condolence.
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    A man takes pictures of messages written on the ground at a makeshift memorial.
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    People write messages on the ground.
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    Writing on the asphalt reads "More stars in Brussel's heaven".
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    People leave messages and flowers in tribute to victims of triple bomb attacks.
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    People write messages on the pavement.

Two explosions ripped through Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning, leaving 14 people dead.

Less than 90 minutes later, there was another blast at Maalbeek station, near to European Union institutions. That resulted in the deaths of 20 people.

More than 200 were injured in the attacks, which so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for. 

Police raids were carried out across the capital following the initial attacks. 

Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday evening a new explosive device containing nails was found in the suburb of Schaerbeek, as were chemical products and an ISIS group flag.

On Wednesday, police identified two of the bombers at the Zaventem Airport as brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, from Brussels.

A manhunt for the third suspect,named as Najim Laachraoui, is underway.  

According to Sky News Laachraoui has been identified by French police as the chief bombmaker for last year’s Paris attacks.

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