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Chongqing netizen experiences Paris terrorist attacks

When evacuating from the stadium, people looked quite scared. Photo provided by Xia Yingxiang
On the evening of the 13th local time, multiple terrorist attacks took place in Paris – France's capital, causing over 100 deaths, raising international concerns. Multiple Chinese netizens from Chongqing, Ningxia and Hunan experienced the attacks personally.
"At 21:00 on November 13th, at Paris's Stade de France, a friendly soccer match formally kicked off where France played against Germany with French president Hollande making his personal appearance to watch the match." At that time, Chongqing netizen "Siruo" who was at the stadium experienced the terrorist attacks personally.
A selfie taken by Xia Yingxiang's colleague (R) when watching the match at Stade de France
Her seat was at the bottom of H Area (the northeastern entrance) of the stadium. It was not long after the match kicked off when the fans simply kept yelling and cheering.
Her seat was at the bottom of H Area (the northeastern entrance) of the stadium. It was not long after the match kicked off when the fans simply kept yelling and cheering."Suddenly, there came a loud noise, which was quite unusual as the floor had shaken. After looking at each other with confusion, only to find that the match had stopped and the tackling was quite fierce, the fans quickly forgot that feeling," said Siruo. However, after a while, there came another loud sound which seemed just outside the corridor of the H Area.
She realized something unusual must have happened, and everybody started to discuss what had happened with each other, but nobody knew the answer, and the match still continued. It was not until and match ended that the large screen showed, "Due to the bombing attacks outside the stadium, everybody please leave from the south, west and north gates."
The chaos shot by Xia Yingxiang's colleague when evacuating from Stade de France
"At that time, helicopters were hovering in the sky, while the armed police were evacuating the crowds and interrogating some suspects. In the metro, a group of soldiers with loaded guns walked in the opposite direction, while the armed police leading guard dogs were on high alert," wrote Siruo. It was not until she went back home that she learned that terrorists had attacked multiple sites in Paris, including the attack at the site near Stade de France, which had caused the least casualties, and the fans in the stadium were more scared than hurt.
On the evening of the 14th, Xia Yingxiang, an overseas student from China's Hunan, studying for a master's degree at France's Conservatoire National Des Arts Et Métiers, came into contact with a reporter via WeChat and sent the e-mail he had written to his mother that night to the reporter, saying that Chinese overseas students expressed anger over the terrorist attacks and were emotional at that time.
A picture shot by Chongqing netizen Siruo at Stade de France
In the e-mail, according to what his colleague had seen and heard, he cited that the police on the streets had loaded guns, and his colleague even saw the terrorists shot dead with his own eyes when passing by a pub with five or six bodies seen lying on the ground.