Pen + Candles for freedom of expression by Simon Guillemin

In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris — an attack and resulting manhunt that claimed 17 lives in all — the people of France came together in a show of solidarity that continues to reverberate across the globe.

With a “Je Suis Charlie” (“I Am Charlie” in English) sign in one hand and a pen or pencil in the other, thousands of demonstrators of every religion, color and creed have gathered around the world to condemn the murders and show their support for freedom of expression.

Below, we’ve gathered the most powerful images uploaded to 500px by our users in France and around the world. Images that range from the photojournalistic to the symbolic; from the mournful to the defiant:

There are far too many images uploaded under the tag Je Suis Charlie for us to highlight them all. To see the rest, click here. And if you’d like to share your messages of support, please leave them in the comments below.