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.
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:
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:
At the White House, people started to gather before Obama even started to speak, and then swelled into the thousands:
But outside of the U.S., not everyone was celebrating. In Pakistan, there was mostly a stunned silence.
Around the Middle East, there were mixed reactions:
Some protesters hoped this wouldn’t divert the attention from their struggle:
On Twitter, some shared their suspicions that Osama wasn’t dead:
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:
The lady in front of me in line at Walmart just bought a ton of American flags. Osama is dead party? #america
Sorry, you're at the wrong gate, Osama.