New Yorkers celebrate bin Laden's death at Ground Zero

08:04, May 03, 2011      

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A man holds a placard reading "Ding Dong Bin Laden's Dead!!" during a rally near the World Trade Center site celebrating the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden in New York, the United States, May 2, 2011.(Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

Hundreds of New Yorkers cheered at Ground Zero early Monday after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden who planned the 9/11 terror attacks.

After midnight, New Yorkers gathered at Ground Zero, holding high the U.S. national flags and chanting "USA, USA." Some even climbed up on the lamp pole, waving the national flag under moonlight and splashing champagne to the cheering crowd. Among the screaming people, one man held the sign that read "Obama got Osama."

Diane Massaron, whose husband was a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, joined the gathering with his husband's photo in her hand. "I feel so relieved. After 10 years, finally the justice came," she told Xinhua.

When asked if she was worried about the effects of the al-Qaida leader's death, she said, "I don't think there will be danger ahead. I will live my life normally. I have experienced the worst time of my life, so there is nothing I will be afraid of."

William Ranallo from Chicago held his iPad high in the crowd so that his friend in Chicago could see the live scene of the rally through the online webcam.

"I feel so lucky I could witness this historic moment in New York. I am glad that everything has paid off after 10 years," he said.

Elizabeth Laidladw said she hoped tonight will turn a new chapter for the U.S. "I was here when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place 10 years ago and I saw people running around. I am glad to see people gather and unite here tonight."

"I hope we are here not only to celebrate the death of this man, but the united network of U.S. people. Hope tonight will bring peace for the future and let the hatred end," she said.

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Source: Xinhua
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