Peace marchers flood the streets of Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A street-wide white banner with black letters reading “No Tinc Por” —”I’m not afraid” in Catalan— is making its way down one of Barcelona’s main street in a massive march against violence.

Emergency workers, taxis drivers, police, firefighters, business owners and ordinary citizens who helped immediately after the deadly attacks on Aug. 17-18 are leading the march for peace on Saturday.

Spain’s central, regional and local authorities are trying to send an image of unity by walking behind the emergency workers. In a first for a Spanish monarch, King Felipe VI has joined a public demonstration.

Still, some citizens are whistling their displeasure as authorities pass by and banners are criticizing the king’s role in promoting military exports to Saudi Arabia.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says people must “overflow” the streets of the city in a march aimed at showing a “brave” and “diverse” response to violence.

A tweet sent Saturday by Barcelona city hall declared “we are an open, welcoming city of peace. Today we take to the streets again with the cry ‘I’m not afraid.'”

The violent attacks last week by an extremist Islamic cell hit Barcelona’s cultural heart and the nearby coastal town of Cambrils. Ten of 15 people who were killed were foreigners — and another 120 people were injured.

Barcelona is under tight security Saturday. Authorities have asked people use public transportation for the march.

Hundreds of volunteers are handing out roses from the local florists’ association — 50,000 of them red, 10,000 yellow and 10,000 white — the colors in the city’s seal.

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