Sky Tower lights up for Baghdad

The Sky Tower's tribute to Baghdad (Darryn Inder / Newshub.)
The Sky Tower's tribute to Baghdad (Darryn Inder / Newshub.)

Auckland's Sky Tower has tonight been lit up in honour of the more than 250 people killed in the recent Baghdad suicide bomb attack following public pressure.

Thick fog obscured the tower early in the evening but cleared later to reveal the red, white and black tribute.

Sky Tower lights up for Baghdad

Yesterday, Aucklander Rania Alani wrote to the casino operator, asking why it didn't light up the tower in honour of the people killed in the deadliest suicide attack since the 2003 invasion.

"I wish that it's not that Iraqis' lives are cheaper, and it kind of does seem like it. Everyone is so immune to Iraqis dying lately," she told Willie and Ali on RadioLIVE.

The Sky Tower went red, white and blue following the Bataclan Paris attack in November, and the same colours following the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Sky City said today it would light up in solidarity with Iraq.

"We have many people in our Iraqi community who are hurting and are deeply impacted by this tragedy, and this is a small way that we can express our love and solidarity for this community," says acting general manager Matt Ballesty.

"We do our best to help mark key moments in time that the public wish to show their support for and we are pleased to be lighting it this evening whilst the vigil is taking place."

A solemn vigil in Mission Bay attracted around 500 people who held candles.

Sky Tower lights up for Baghdad
Sky Tower lights up for Baghdad

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