Tuesday 28 January 2020

Watch: Hundreds march through Barcelona in show of solidarity after terror attack

Ryan O'Rourke

People in Barcelona are coming together in a show of unity after yesterday's devastating terrorist attack.

Hundreds of people gathered in Plaça de Catalunya, which is metres from the boulevard where yesterday’s terrorist attacks occurred.

The video below shows people applauding after a moment’s silence that was held to honour the victims.

Gordon Toal (29) from Co Dublin has been living in Barcelona for the last five years.

He spoke about the atmosphere in Barcelona today.

“The streets are getting back to normal again now, full of police of course but the people seem to be getting back to normal life again now today,” Gordon told Independent.ie

Gordon lives on a street connecting to Las Ramblas, where the attacks happened.

He was at work one street over when the attack unfolded and spoke about what happened.

“We got an emergency email at work to say don't leave the building.

“Then word got around about a big crash on Las Ramblas but not sure if terror related.”

"After a lot of initial confusion, it became clear that the crash was no accident and that it was a terrorist attack.

“Then we were told the buildings and areas were on lockdown. They said that people were on the run and that people had been killed.”

Gordon was locked inside his office on Portal de L’angel with around 60 other people.

He described the attitude that inside the office while people waited nervously to hear news of what was happening outside.

“At that time nobody knew who the victims were so everyone was making or receiving calls from family and friends.

“You could only hear the helicopter nothing else as the streets were all cordoned off.” He said.

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