Socialist Worker

Barcelona resists violent police attack on assembly

Issue No. 2254

Police violently attacked the protest camp in Barcelona on Friday of last week.

David told Socialist Worker from the camp, “Police began to surround the square at around 7am and ordered street cleaners to start dismantling the tents and stalls.

“We sat in front of them. We were people of all ages, working people in their 40s and 50s through to young people and students.

“The police used pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Over 100 people were injured and over 40 needed medical treatment.

“They just ran at us and we had nowhere to go. I was right at the front and was hit badly on the leg and had to go to the doctor.

“Some of the police were going mad, just hitting and hitting. This was clearly unprovoked police violence, pure and simple.”

But by end of the some 2,000 protesters had reclaimed the space and began rebuilding the camp, determined to continue.

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