Police were forced to intervene as scuffles broke out between conservative anti-Islam protesters and participants of a far-left counter demonstration in Barcelona, following Thursday’s terrorist attack in the city.
“Anti-fascist” and right-wing groups planned simultaneous protests in Barcelona one day after an Islamist terrorist attack claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 100+ more.
Scuffles broke out between the opposing groups merged near Las Ramblas at around 7pm local time.
A fight breaks out as counter-protesters confront a far-right rally in Barcelona
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Patriotic protesters blame policies of multiculturalism and immigration for the terrorist attack, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. The patriotic group La Falange has more than 11,000 Facebook likes and often shares anti-Islamic sentiment on its page.
The far-left Catalan groups Arran and Endavant have set up counter-demonstrations in response to the march, and also began their protest near La Boquería.