Anti-fascist & far-right groups plan simultaneous Barcelona protests
Just one day after an attack claimed at least 14 lives on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas boulevard, opposing political factions look set to face-off near the scene of the terrorist atrocity.
Members of the Spanish far-right group La Falange, are planning to assemble close to the La Boquería marketplace in the city center, just 500 meters from where a van was deliberately driven into scores of pedestrians.
La Falange has blamed the “policies of multiculturalism” and immigration for Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona city center. Boasting a followership of more than 11,000 on Facebook, the group regularly shares anti-Islamic sentiment online.
Tributes have also been paid by the group online to Onésimo Redondo, a 1930s Falangist politician and anti-semitic author.
“No one was fooled into thinking that the policies of multiculturalism and #RefugeesWelcome wouldn’t end like they did in Las Ramblas in Barcelona,” a statement on the La Falange website reads.
They have called on supporters to convene near Las Ramblas at 7pm to show “repulsion to Jihadism” and protest Islam.
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Meanwhile, left-wing Catalan groups Arran and Endavant have also organized an event near La Boquería, to oppose fascism.
▶ Contra el terror del Daesh i l'odi feixista. #NoPassaran— Arran 🗝️ (@Arran_jovent) August 18, 2017
📆 Avui, 18 d'agost
⏰ 18:45 h
📌 Pla de la Boqueria pic.twitter.com/zp8qvogoSO
According to information shared online by Endavant, a socialist group seeking Catalan independence, the gathering is to voice their opposition to the “terror of Daesh and the fascist hatred.”
Avui a les 18:45 a la plaça de la Boqueria, contra el terror del DAESH i l'odi feixista! #NoPasaran CIUTAT VELLA ANTIFEIXISTA ✊ pic.twitter.com/IGNdhMsOJ1— Endavant OSAN (@Endavant_OSAN) August 18, 2017
RT.com has reached out to Arran, Endavant and La Falange for comment.