Spain’s king leads remembrance event for terror victims

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Thousands of locals and tourists have paid their respects to those killed during a minute’s silence that was held in the city. The King of Spain led the remembrance.

As CGTN’s Dan Williams reports, the silence was followed by defiant clapping and chanting.

Thousands had gathered in Barcelona’s main square, Placa de Catalunya to observe a minute’s silence and remember those killed in the terrorist attack.

Led by the King of Spain, King Felipe, and joined by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the silence soon erupted into a lengthy applause. It was an eruption of noise and defiance.

That was followed by chants of ‘No tenim Por!’ or ‘We are not afraid.’

Among those making a clear stand against the atrocities are members of the Muslim community who have been quick to denounce the attack.

Las Ramblas, the scene of the attack, reopened early in the morning. The various bunches of flowers dotted along the pedestrianized area act as a grim reminder to the atrocity.

Many visitors were unable to contain their emotions. Others realized just how lucky they were to escape.

As locals and tourists alike pay their respects to the victims of these attacks, there remains a sense of unease and anger. But without doubt, the over-riding feeling amongst many people here is unity and defiance.

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