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  • Police intervene as far right demonstrators and counter protesters scuffle on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, on August 18, 2017.

    Police intervene as far right demonstrators and counter protesters scuffle on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, on August 18, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 August 2017

La Falange has regularly shared anti-Muslim sentiment online and blamed the “policies of multiculturalism” for the attacks. 

Riot police in Spain have dispersed a small group of far-right protesters after separating them from hundreds of counter-demonstrators in Barcelona near the site of a memorial to Thursday's van attack victims.

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Members of La Falange, numbering 20 to 30, held up signs saying "Stop Islamization of Europe."

Counter-protesters were chanting "tontos," or "idiots" at them, with some of them holding up their middle fingers at the far-right protesters.

Officers wearing helmets with face shields created a blockade to kept the two sets of protesters apart before removing the members of La Falange. After they walked away, the counter-protesters applauded and also left peacefully.

The protests came a day after a van rammed into pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring 120. Police have arrested four people in connection with the incident and a second foiled attack in the nearby coastal town of Cambrils.

Four attackers were killed by armed officers when they tried to drive their car into a group of people on the seafront. One woman was stabbed to death before the men were gunned down by the police.

La Falange has regularly shared anti-Muslim sentiment online and blamed the “policies of multiculturalism” as well as immigration for the attacks. 

“No one was fooled into thinking that the policies of multiculturalism and #RefugeesWelcome wouldn’t end like they did in Las Ramblas in Barcelona,” a statement on the La Falange website said.

In response, left-wing Catalan groups Arran and Endavant said they would organize an event near Barcelona's famous La Boqueria Market, to voice their opposition.

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