Half a million people march in Barcelona anti-terror rally

Aug 28, 2017, 01:18
Half a million people march in Barcelona anti-terror rally

Claimed by the terrorist organization Islamic State, attacks against Catalonia were carried out by a jihadist cell, made up mostly of young Moroccans living in that autonomous community in northeastern Spain.

The first rank of the event had already been reserved for those who, from the first minute, were occupied victims: police officers, firefighters, taxi drivers, people and shopping of las Ramblas.

The massive march was led by #King Felipe Vi, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's regional government head.

That attack has now killed 14 people, and two others died during the driver's getaway and in a separate vehicle and knife assault in the Catalan coastal resort of Cambrils.

Reports say no less than 500,000-strong demonstrators marched in Barcelona in a huge public rejection of violence following a recent deadly attack in the Spanish city, chanting: "I'm not afraid".

With that, authorities are raising to 14 the death toll in the van attack in Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas boulevard.

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The phrase has grown from a spontaneous civic answer to violence into a slogan that Spain's entire political class has unanimously embraced.

Medical authorities said Saturday that 22 people wounded in the attacks are still being treated in hospitals. Eight are dead, while four have appeared in court in Madrid. Six of them were killed by police and two were killed in an explosion in the terrorists' bomb factory In Alcanar.

Spain's central, regional and local authorities tried to send an image of unity Saturday by walking behind the emergency workers, despite earlier criticism that national and regional authorities had not shared information about the attackers well enough with each other.

Numerous people held placards reading "We are not afraid".

The municipal police said in a Twitter post that half a million people participated in the march to commemorate last week's deadly vehicle rampage, though the figures were not confirmed by other sources.

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