Barcelona manifesto massively in response to the attacks
- Author: Ryan Wade Aug 28, 2017,
Aug 28, 2017, 1:19
Eight suspects have been killed since the attacks, two are in prison and two more are under investigation.
Another fatality was announced Sunday as a German woman wounded in Barcelona succumbed to her injuries, leaving 16 dead and over 150 injured.
They were followed by King Felipe VI - the first Spanish monarch to join a march since the monarchy was re-established in the 1970s - the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and the Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau, among other prominent political leaders. Fourteen people died in the van incident and another two were killed in the driver's getaway and in a separate auto and knife assault in Cambrils early the next day. Authorities say 24 remain hospitalised, five in critical condition.
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United by the slogan "I am not afraid", more than 100 000 people marched Saturday in Barcelona against jihadist violence, in the presence of the king of Spain, copiously booed by part of the protesters carrying flags, pro-independence catalans. The August 17 attack was claimed by ISIL.
Some demonstrators carried banners, reading "Felipe people who want peace don't deal in weapons", "Mariano we want peace, not arms sales" in both English and Catalan languages, condemning authorities for arms sales to foreign states, accused for supporting terrorism, including Saudi Arabia.
Police, in city capital Barcelona, estimates that almost 500,000 people participated in a march against terrorism on Saturday.
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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.
Fourteen people died in the Las Ramblas attack.
According to police, the suspect who was wearing what appeared to be an explosives belt was gunned down after security operatives were alerted to the presence of a suspicious man near Subirats, west of Barcelona.
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