Barcelona: 'There's certainly a feeling of defiance' in wake of Las Ramblas attack, says editor

Barcelona: 'There's certainly a feeling of defiance' in wake of Las Ramblas attack, says editor

Fiona Govan spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the efforts to recover from the Las Ramblas attack

Friday, August 18, 2017

A prominent editor based in Spain has said Barcelona's inhabitants have a spirit of "defiance" as the city begins to recover from Thursday's terrorist attack.

Thirteen people died after a van was driven through crowds in Las Ramblas just after 5pm (4pm GMT), and the driver is currently at large.

The events in the city were claimed by Islamic State and have drawn international condemnation. 

Fiona Govan, editor of The Local news website based in Madrid, said the community was coming together in "defiance."

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There's certainly a feeling of defiance, of community spirit, of coming together.

"We’ve just seen huge crowds in the Placa de Catalunya for the minute’s silence, thousands of people crowded into that.

"If you think about it - hours before, it was completely empty and police had been saying to keep off the streets because one of the perpetrators of the attack is still at large.  

"The restaurants are busy, the streets are busy, people are still sightseeing, still going to the beach. But there is this nervousness."

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