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2,500 Muslims March Against Terrorism in Barcelona

A girl holds a banner that reads: "Muslims Against Terrorism" during a protest by the Muslim community condemning the attack in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Aug. 21, 2017. AP Photo/Santi Palacios

“Not in our name!” 

Those words became the rallying cry of thousands of Muslims who took to the streets of Barcelona last night to condemn terrorism following an attack that left 14 dead and injured 100 last week, the Independent reports

Marchers carried placards that read, “We are also victims," "Terrorism has no religion," and "We are all Barcelona, not terrorism,” according to reports

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Barcelona’s civil guard estimated that as many as 2,500 Muslims gathered in front of the Plaza Catalunya on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. 

“We have all cried out of incomprehension for what happened and we will work so that it does not happen again,” community leaders said, according to El País (link in Spanish). 

Leaders also read from a manifesto, “Immigrants Defend the Catalan Model,” which they said was aimed at ensuring that young people do not “embrace an ideology that has nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”  

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Barcelona is still reeling from last week’s fatal attack on a tourist area called “Las Ramblas” in the city and the resultant man-hunt across Spain for 22-year-old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub. It’s estimated that 30 percent of Spain’s mosques are located in Catalonia, the region where Barcelona is the capital and largest city. 

Attacks like this can weaken civil society and create a climate of fear that contributes to further marginalization, which is why the Global Goals for Sustainable Development enshrine peace, justice, and strong institutions as a requisite for ending extreme poverty. 

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