More than 500,000 people joined an anti-violence march in Barcelona protesting at last week’s terror attacks in which 15 people died.
At the end of the march, famed Catalan actress Rosa Maria Sarda and Muslim activist Miriam Hatibi read short speeches and poems from a stage in the city’s main central square. Sarda said: “We are not afraid because the behaviour of our fellow citizens has shown a society of solidarity.”
Hatibi replied: “We are not afraid” – repeating the march’s slogan that thousands then shouted back in Catalan – “because we know that love triumphs over hatred.” Medical authorities said on Saturday that 22 of the over 120 wounded in the August 17-18 attacks are still being treated in hospitals. Six of them remain in a critical condition.
The Islamic State group claimed the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that used vehicles and knives, Spain’s deadliest in more than a decade. Eight suspects are dead, two are jailed under preliminary charges and two more remain under investigation.