These Barcelona Attack Memes & Tributes Are Standing Up To Hatred
After a van reportedly rammed into a crowd in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, Spain, the internet shared heartwarming tributes and tweets for Barcelona and its people. According to authorities, at least 13 people has lost their lives while dozens were injured after the vehicle hit the tourist-heavy area. At this moment, the police are characterizing the event as an attack of terrorism.
Las Ramblas is known for its tourism and attracts thousands of visitors from other countries on an annual basis, especially in late summer, for its range of bars, shopping centers, and local entertainment events. It is one of the areas in Barcelona where the city council has restricted traffic flow due to the frequency and congestion caused by on-foot pedestrians.
According to authorities, witnesses heard "screaming" and "stampeding" during the harrowing incident. Local police authorities claim that one person has been arrested in relation to the terror attack.
Shortly after the reports emerged from Spain, the United States issued a statement declaring to offer help to the country. While commenting on the terror attack, secretary of state Rex Tillerson said, "Terrorists around the world should know the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice."
1. Amazing City, Amazing People
"My thoughts go out to everyone affected by violence there and elsewhere," one person tweeted.
2. We Don't Fear Terror
Some wrote about not accepting to live in fear.
3. Solidarity From Others
Images out of #Barcelona are horrifying. Prayers for the victims and their families.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) August 17, 2017
Muslim writer Khaled Beydoun offered his solidarity.
4. No Moral Equivalences
Not both sides, not many sides, no moral equivalences. A violent, cowardly terror attack that has killed and injured innocents. #Barcelona— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 17, 2017
No striking false equivalency between "both sides."
5. Refusing To Succumb
People are sharing photos of famous architecture in Barcelona.
6. We Need More Love
My heart goes out to all those affected by #Barcelona attacks! Don't take anything for granted. We need more love instead of hate!!!— Samuel Mancini (@SamuelMancini) August 17, 2017
"Don't take anything for granted," one person wrote after the attack.
7. A Call For Unity
Now is the time that we must come together and put an end to the senseless violence. Stay strong. Te amo mucho #Barcelona 🇪🇸❤️🙏🏽— Jake T. Austin (@JakeTAustin) August 17, 2017
Many called for coming together instead of expressing paranoia and hatred.
8. My Favorite City In The World
Others showed their love for the historic city.
when will the violence & hatred stop in this world 😥 my heart & prayers are with you #Barcelona stay safe <3— Mario Selman (@itsMarioSelman) August 17, 2017
Many sent their prayers and love to Barcelona's people.
10. Stick Together
My prayers go out to victims and their families. Time to be one 🖤 #Barcelona— Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran) August 17, 2017
"Time to be one."
11. Damn Both Domestic And Foreign Terrorists
My heart bleeds for #Barcelona, one of my favorite cities and favorite people in the world. Damn terrorists to hell, foreign and domestic.🇪🇸— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 17, 2017
A condemnation for local and foreign miscreants.
12. Righteous Anger
Some simply let loose.
13. Sports Fan Came Together
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events in Barcelona.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 17, 2017
A message from Manchester United.
14. Love For Everyone
My heart is breaking for the people of #Barcelona. My prayers and thoughts will be constant for Barcelona and for humanity in general. ❤️— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 17, 2017
Constant thoughts for Barcelona.
15. Barcelona Will Be Brave
Thank you for the solidarity we have received from around the world. Barcelona is brave and united. Terror will never change that— Ada Colau (@AdaColau) August 17, 2017
No giving up.
In spite of the terror attack that took place on Thursday, it seems like the internet is refusing to give into hatred and division.