By Elise Lauriot dit Prévost a first year International Relations student in the War Studies department at King’s College London
Is the term dear appropriate? I don’t know but maybe if I address you with respect you will listen.
My generation used to be told that we were the second generation to not live through a war in Europe. We should have come to the conclusion a long time ago that this was not true, but after the events of this weekend we cannot deny the truth any longer. You have declared war on our generation.
Attacking a concert hall, a stadium, and bars you have declared a war on our youth, on our freedom, and on our optimism. You have declared a war on the things we enjoy the most. You have declared that being young, going out, having a drink, smoking a cigarette, laughing with our friends, enjoying life is punishable.
We cannot and will not take up arms against you, we will not stoop down to your level. We will not cower and fear, we will continue laughing, continue going out and most importantly we will continue living. Nobody, especially not you, can steal our youth, our optimism and our idealism. You cannot steal our laughter or our smiles and I hope that wherever you are now, you can hear our inextinguishable laughter resonate all around you.
Generation Y, that will never stop living.