Less than 24 hours after 14 people were killed and scores were injured when Spain was hit by two terrorist attacks, messages of support for Catalonia came flooding in from across the world.
In a press conference, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont made clear that the region would not be beaten by the attacks, which saw 13 killed in Barcelona and one woman killed in the coastal town of Cambrils.
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Other politicians from around the world condemned the terror attacks in Spain.
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Toutes mes pensées et la solidarité de la France pour les victimes de la tragique attaque à #Barcelone. Nous restons unis et déterminés.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 17, 2017
“All my thoughts and solidarity from France go out to the victims of the tragic attack in Barcelona. We are united and determined.”
Known for its football culture, FC Barcelona’s star players past and present voiced their support for those affected.
FC Barcelona’s Argentinian player Leonal Messi took to Instagram.
Quiero mandar mis condolencias y todo mi apoyo a las familias y amigos de las víctimas del terrible atentado en nuestra amada Barcelona, además de rechazar totalmente cualquier acto de violencia. No nos vamos a rendir, somos muchos más los que queremos vivir en un mundo en paz, sin odio y donde el respeto y la tolerancia sean las bases de la convivencia.
While the club’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez shared a photograph of a black ribbon along with his message.
Very shocked for what happened in Barcelona. All my support to the city and families! pic.twitter.com/YDtyAiw7Qc— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) August 17, 2017
Having recently being transferred from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking transfer fee, footballer Neymar tweeted his support for victims’ families using the hashtag PrayForBarcelona.
The club itself also posted an official tweet.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese player at fellow Spanish club Real Madrid, also tweeted in support of the victims’ friends and families.
Consternado com as notícias que chegam de Barcelona. Todo o apoio e solidariedade a família e amigos das vítimas.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 17, 2017
Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez said she sent “much love and peace to the great city of Barcelona and all its beautiful people,” while Spanish actor Antonio Banderas said he was “fused in a hug with Barcelona”.
Fundidos en un abrazo con #Barcelona.— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 17, 2017
Iconic monuments around the world also paid tribute to the victims of the attacks.
In Paris, a city that has itself seen multiple terror attacks in the last few years, lights on the Eiffel Tower were switched off.
The Empire State building in New York appeared to be lit up in the red, blue and yellow of the Catalan flag.
While the spire of the city’s One World Trade Center, a monument to the 9/11 terror attacks, was also lit up in tribute.
The spire at 1 World Trade Center is lit red and yellow tonight in solidarity with the people of Spain. (Photo courtesy Twitter/
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