Pinoys join massive march against terrorism in Barcelona

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Members of the Filipino community were among those who filled the streets of Passeig de Gracia last Aug. 26 to condemn terrorism that hit Barcelona and Cambrils, a town in nearby province Tarragona, leaving 16 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Filipinos chanted “no tinc por”, which means “I’m not afraid” in the local Catalan language, in unison with hundreds of thousands of marchers, among them police and emergency service workers.

“Ito’y solidaridad para sa ating mga kababayan kasi tayo’y tagarito,” said veteran community leader Macrina Alcedo.

Roda Lim, president of Asociación Filipino-Catalan, also joined “to be one with the people, especially migrants.”

Spain’s King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Generalitat de Catalunya President Carles Puigdemont, and other top government officials also joined the rally.

Anti-government placards, however, were seen, one of them waving “their wars, our deaths,” in reference to ongoing global conflicts and Spain’s involvement in military arms trade.

Others also protested against Islamophobia. The Muslim community was present to condemn terrorism.

“Hate begets hate. Hate spreads out like mushrooms. Hate is like a disease that is highly contagious. The true radical thing is love. If we want a different world, we have to be conscious that this world needs a lot of love, (but now) there’s a lot of hate,” said Gustavo Patiño in Spanish.

He held up a placard written in Catalan that said: “The best response is peace.”

In a separate event held on Aug. 28, Pinoy-Spanish kids of Coro Kudyapi offered the song “Child of Peace” in front of a sea of flowers and candles in Las Ramblas, the city’s most popular promenade and site of the ISIS van attack. Originally published on news.abs-cbn.com

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