Following the terrorist attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils, a crowd of 130,000 people on Friday descended upon the city’s central Plaza Catalunya to honor the victims. To date, 14 people have been confirmed dead with more than 100 people injured.
King Felipe VI, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan Regional Premier Carles Puigdemont, and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau joined the crowd in a minute of silence to honor the victims. Following the silence, people erupted in applause and chanted “No tinc por,” (“I am not afraid” in Catalan). The crowd continued to chant and clap as officials left the plaza.
People in Madrid stood in solidarity with the victims in Barcelona. Crowds gathered in front of city hall and in the central Puerta del Sol plaza.
The applause at Puerta del Sol plaza in support of the victims of the attacks in #Barcelona and #Cambrils
The Eiffel Tower turned off it’s lights last night as a solemn display of solidarity. The last time the monument went dark was in May after 22 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Support for Barcelona did not end in Spain. People from all over the world reacted to the tragic news on social media.
Various world leaders sent out tweets pledging to support the city and stand against terrorism. Internationally known celebrities also sent out messages of support and sadness. Here are some of the reactions to the Barcelona attack.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted:
My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) August 17, 2017
The President of France Emmanuel Macron tweeted:
Solidaridad con #Barcelona. Estamos a su lado. 🇫🇷🇪🇸— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 17, 2017
Solidarity with #Barcelona. We are by your side
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau tweeted:
Canada condemns today’s terror attack in Barcelona – our hearts, sympathies & support are with the victims and their families.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 17, 2017
The German Foreign Office tweeted Foreign Office Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s response:
The President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted:
The former president of the United States Barack Obama tweeted
Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2017
FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi posted this on Instagram:
I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, in addition to completely rejecting any act of violence. We are not going to give up, there are more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence.
Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted:
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
Dismayed at the news coming from Barcelona. All my support and solidarity to the family and friends of the victims
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas said this in a tweet:
Pop star Madonna tweeted:
We need more. light in this World! 🌝🌎🌍🌏 Say A Prayer and Light a candle for Barcelona! 🙏🏻♥️ pic.twitter.com/47b66CG2Cb— Madonna (@Madonna) August 18, 2017
Finally, US comedienne Ellen DeGeneres tweeted:
All my love to Barcelona today. 💔— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 17, 2017
English version by Debora Almeida.