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Spain: Barcelona marks five years since terror attack which left 16 dead02:57

Spain: Barcelona marks five years since terror attack which left 16 dead

Spain, Barcelona
August 17, 2022 at 15:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds attended a ceremony in the centre of Barcelona on Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the jihadist attacks in Catalonia in 2017.

Families of the victims laid white carnations in front of the memorial plaque on Las Ramblas while musicians played traditional Catalan music. Officials from across the political landscape also attended the event, including Catalan Regional President Pere Aragones and Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona.

Protesters were seen on the sidelines of the ceremony holding signs and banners reading “We Demand Responsibility, We Demand the Truth.” The protesters claim that the Spanish government mishandled their investigation of the terrorist cell and has ignored the suffering of many since the attack in 2017.

Pablo Sebastian, a victim of the attacks was at the protest and recounted his memories of that fateful day. “I was working at the kiosk, the van hit me, I was thrown backwards, a person pushed me and I fell on the glass of the van, I was thrown out on my lower back, I hurt my head and neck, and my jaw was dislocated,” he said.

Sebastian also claims to have received very little support from the government and was only granted the basic 'guaranteed income'. “All this time I have received no help from anyone, financially I have nothing, the social services only give me 120 euros to eat,” he said.

Sixteen people were killed and more than 120 others injured in the terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated by a cell of the Islamic State (IS). It started when a jihadist drove a van down the busy La Rambla boulevard before fleeing in a stolen car and killing the driver. A few hours later, five other men launched an attack in the coastal town of Cambrils.

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Hundreds attended a ceremony in the centre of Barcelona on Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the jihadist attacks in Catalonia in 2017.

Families of the victims laid white carnations in front of the memorial plaque on Las Ramblas while musicians played traditional Catalan music. Officials from across the political landscape also attended the event, including Catalan Regional President Pere Aragones and Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona.

Protesters were seen on the sidelines of the ceremony holding signs and banners reading “We Demand Responsibility, We Demand the Truth.” The protesters claim that the Spanish government mishandled their investigation of the terrorist cell and has ignored the suffering of many since the attack in 2017.

Pablo Sebastian, a victim of the attacks was at the protest and recounted his memories of that fateful day. “I was working at the kiosk, the van hit me, I was thrown backwards, a person pushed me and I fell on the glass of the van, I was thrown out on my lower back, I hurt my head and neck, and my jaw was dislocated,” he said.

Sebastian also claims to have received very little support from the government and was only granted the basic 'guaranteed income'. “All this time I have received no help from anyone, financially I have nothing, the social services only give me 120 euros to eat,” he said.

Sixteen people were killed and more than 120 others injured in the terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated by a cell of the Islamic State (IS). It started when a jihadist drove a van down the busy La Rambla boulevard before fleeing in a stolen car and killing the driver. A few hours later, five other men launched an attack in the coastal town of Cambrils.