Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Osama bin Laden dead: Reactions around the world


University of Texas at Austin students celebrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death at Cain & Abel’s bar late sunday night May 1. (Erika Rich - AP)
After President Obama made a late-night speech Sunday at the White House announcing that U.S. forces had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan, reactions erupted from Washington D.C. to Palestine.

In America, they came by the thousands to the White House and to Ground Zero and Times Square in New York, carrying American flags and chanting “USA! USA!” Fewer numbers gathered quietly at the Pentagon, where some veterans cried.

In Pakistan, news agencies passed around a photo that supposedly showed Osama bin Laden’s battered face. It later turned out to be a fake.

Across the Arab World, reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death was a mixture of surprise, suspicion, and excitement.

Europeans, some of who had been touched by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, heaved a sigh of relief.

We’ve gathered some of the photos, videos, and tweets from around the world:

At Ground Zero, thousands gathered to celebrate:
And some to cry: (Screengrab from twitter)

Mary Power cries in reaction to the news of the death of Osama bin Laden, Monday, May 2, 2011 in New York. Power said her daughter survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center but that they both lost friends and acquaintances. At left is the rising tower, 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. (Mark Lennihan - AP)

Some came to Ground Zero and sang:

While others chanted “USA!” and “Yes we did!”:

Thousands came to Times Square too, where some tweeted photos of firefighters who had come to celebrate:


(Screengrab from twitter )

At the White House, people started to gather before Obama even started to speak, and then swelled into the thousands:


Sacha Kinser slaps hands with others as she celebrates outside the White House to news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

But outside of the U.S., not everyone was celebrating. In Pakistan, there was mostly a stunned silence.


People watch U.S. President Obama's speech announcing the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a local electronic shop in Quetta, Pakistan Monday. (Arshad Butt - AP)

Around the Middle East, there were mixed reactions:


A Palestinians vendor stands next to a photo of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his shop in the West Bank town of Jenin, Monday. (Mohammed Ballas - AP)

Some protesters hoped this wouldn’t divert the attention from their struggle:

"@sarrahsworld: Can we get back to getting our very own Osama bin Ladens? #OBL #Syria #Bahrain #Yemen #Libya #Palestine"less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

On Twitter, some shared their suspicions that Osama wasn’t dead:

Buried at Sea! No wonder the whole thing smells FISHY #OBL #osama #conspiracyless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Elsewhere on social media, there was a mood of elation. A Facebook group called Osama bin Laden is dead had nearly 300,000 fans by early morning.

On Twitter, people rallied around the hashtags #obl #whitehouse and #america. They also used the words “Mission Accomplished” to indicate that it had been eight years since President Bush declared the war in Iraq completed. Here is what they said:

Hoping that today will be that one, single day of unity before the negativity begins. #America #9/11 #uniteless than a minute ago via LiveProfile Favorite Retweet Reply

The lady in front of me in line at Walmart just bought a ton of American flags. Osama is dead party? #americaless than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

A prince gets married, the bad guy is dead. It's a real Disney weekend here on earth. #osama #oblless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

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Sorry, you're at the wrong gate, Osama.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

We've been struggling w the dragon ...& now find ourselves w many poisonous snakes - 1great victory, many enemies left #obl #militarymonless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

 

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