A+ A-

Massive Barcelona protest in defiance of terror

MADRID, Aug 26 (KUNA) -- Shouting "no tinc por", which means "not afraid" in Catalan, tens of thousands of people took to Barcelona's streets to show defiance to terrorism and solidarity with the victims of last week's terror attacks, which left 15 people dead.
Spain's King Felipe VI along with several high-level officials including Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont, and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau; and a slew of public figures took part in the demonstration.
King Felipe VI's participation is the first of its kind since the monarchy was re-established in 1975 after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
Moreover, over 72 civil society organizations have also contributed to the event which was meant to show unity and strength in face of the terrorist actions.
Speakers at the march have reiterated the same message of strong condemnation of terrorism and violence and full support to freedom and liberty. They also expressed sympathy with families of the assaults' victims.
The Mediterranean city is in mourning after a terrorist ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas on August 17, followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils.
Fifteen were killed and scores other injured in the carnage and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had called on Spaniards to turn out in force to show their "love" and solidarity with Catalonia. (end) hn.ibi