Solidarity in Spain against terrorism! Hundreds of Muslims gathered just meters away from where the Barcelona terror attack took place to protest against violence.
Around 50 associations backed Monday’s rally which converged in the Plaza de Catalunya close to where a van ploughed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas.
The message was loud and clear from Miriam Hatibi, a Muslim community spokesperson:
“We have been demonstrating in different places across Catalonia showing we are against barbarism and unreason, but today we want to want the Muslim and non-Muslim majority, to come together with a loud voice, to say no to terrorism, no to violence So that our young Catalan Muslims do not embrace perverse ideologies, which have no justification or explanation, and which have nothing to do with Islam, nor with any religion”.
Another rally against terrorism with several hundred Muslims in Barcelona this evening, organised by big Muslim groups here /thread & pics pic.twitter.com/aFIaq4UvAj— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) August 21, 2017
Although three days of official mourning have finished Barcelona’s famous boulevard remains dotted by makeshift memorials and tourists as locals keep on coming to pay their respects to the victims. The area may not be as busy as it would normally be at this time of year but those who come say they are there to shot “terrorist will not prevail.”