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Barcelona anti-terror demonstration march

'No tinc por' (I'm Not Afraid) - 26th August 2017

Barcelona march date: Saturday 26th August 2017
Start time: 6pm - 18pm in afternoon
March location and route:  Scroll down this page for map. The march starts from junction of Passeig de Gracia and Av Diagonal at Jardinets de Gràcia, walks down Passeig de Gracia and ends at central Plaça Catalunya, near la Rambla.

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'No tinc por'

(I'm Not Afraid)

Barcelona hosts a massive anti-terror demonstration march to condemn the cowardly terrorist attacks that claimed 13 lives and caused many injuries on La Rambla street in Barcelona on 17th August 2017. The motto of Barcelona's anti-terror march is 'No tinc por', which means "I'm not afraid" in the Catalan language. This slogan has become a symbol of Catalonia and Spains' defiant response to terrorism.

The Barcelona anti-terror peace march is organized by Barcelona's City Council and the Catalan Government. It is intended to be non-political and the Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau has urged all citizens and parties not to bring political symbols or flags and to respect that the motto 'No tenim por' of the march is for all citizens.

Colau has reminded us that there are many other days on which people can express political opinions and that Saturday's march in Barcelona should send an image of humanity and solidarity with the victims from a unified Barcelona. She stressed, “this has to be a people’s demonstration.”  The Catalan President issued a clear statement that “this demonstration is not a show of support to any person or any institution. We have an appointment with one common goal: to contribute to the defeat of terrorism with a civic effort made by very diverse people, who think very differently.” Sadly it appears that not all Catalunya's political sectors agree with these sentiments and some political organisations in Catalonia seem ready to use the occasion to promote a political agenda or to protest the presence in Catalunya of the King of Spain with whistles.

The 'No tinc por' march will be headed by representatives of the emergency services and community members who first responded to the attacks. They will be followed by King Philip of Spain, Spanish Prime minister Rajoy, President Puigdemont of Catalonia, Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau, almost all the Spanish Government ministers, the presidents of the Congress, the Senate and all the Autonomous Communities of Spain and many other prominent Spanish and Catalan leaders in a unprecedented show of unity and defiance.

Members of the diplomatic corps from around the world will also attend and a very large turnout of Barcelona residents and visitors are expected making this a truly global event. During the march, volunteers will hand out red, yellow and white flowers symbolizing the colours of Barcelona. The closing ceremony of the “I’m not afraid” demonstration will take place on Plaça de Catalunya. Rosa Maria Sardà and Míriam Hatibi will read texts specially chosen for the event and cellist Peter Thiemann from the Gran Teatre del Liceu symphony orchestra, and Guillem Gràcia, a cello student, will perform “El cant dels ocells - Song of the Birds” by Pau Casals. 

The entire area surrounding the march will be congested and traffic will be disrupted, so if you are staying in hotels or apartments in the vicinity of the march and do not plan to take part, or are leaving Barcelona and need to get to the airport from the area of the march, then be aware that traffic will be restricted and there will be disruptions to public transport in the immediate area of the march.

Use public transport if you plan to arrive to take part in the march. The metro service will be increased by 40% on Saturday afternoon, and there will be a special operation to ensure the fluidity and safety of passenger flow. Due to possible overcrowding outside the metro system, it is advisable not to get off at the Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia and Catalunya metro stations from 5 pm onwards. Get off at an early metros stations and walk to the demonstrations. Spanish railway company Renfe had added 50 trains to local and regional rail networks between 2pm and 5pm, and then from 7pm until 10pm.

Basic tips from the organisers

The organizers of the event, the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat have these recommendations and tips to take part in the march

-Consult the official Barcelona anti-terror march website
-Wear comfortable clothes, wear shoes that protects your feet well rather than flip-flops - and bring a sun hat
-Stay well hydrated and bring extra water in plastic bottles
-Comply with all safety instructions
-Agree on a meeting point in case you get lost or separated from your family or friends
-If you bring children, carry them on your shoulders or always hold their hand
-Take special care and attention with the elderly and people with disabilities
-Bring ID with photo
-Reduce use of social media as much as possible to avoid overloading networks. Post photos and videos after the event please.
-Use ID or contact info bracelet or sign for children and the mentally disabled.
-Do not block any access points
-Don't climb on railings, bars, bus-shelters or any kind of city structure please
-Move in an orderly and respectful manner, and always follow the instructions of the security services

Thank you for the outpouring of support of so many people in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and all over the world!

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Plaza Catalunya is Barcelona's central square and the center of downtown Barcelona. This is a the most central place to stay in Barcelona and close to transport connections and many Barcelona sights and attractions.

Plaza Catalunya was designed by architect Francesc de Paula Nebot. It was inaugurated on November 2nd 1927 by King Alphonso XIII. The plaza has a small temple with a central colonnade, fountains and 28 sculptures in stone and bronze, by leading sculptors of the time.

Josep M. Subirachs's striking monument to former President of Catalunya Francesco Macià later brought the number of sculptures to 29 in total. Plaza Catalunya is the center of public transport in Barcelona with many metro, bus and tour bus connections.

Barcelona's main Tourist Office of Barcelona is on Plaza Catalunya in an underground office on the corner of Plaza Catalunya near the pedestrian street Portal de l'Àngel. Plaza Catalunya is the place where two of Barcelona´s most famous streets begin (or end) which are pedestrian street Las Ramblas and the elegant designer shopping boulevard Passeig de Gracia.  On Plaza Catalunya itself you can find the top department store El Corte Ingles - the American restaurant and bar Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, a small shopping centre El Triangle and many nice hotels near Plaza Catalunya.

Plaza Catalunya is an important transport hub and the first place many tourists arrive in Barcelona if you take the Aerobus airport buses in front of the Corte Ingles store to and from Barcelona Airport.  There also many night buses and regional buses connections on Plaza Catalunya, as well as the station Catalunya, where you can catch metro trains, regional trains and FGC trains.

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You can get to Plaza Catalunya by metro. The metro station on Plaza Catalunya is called Catalunya and Metro stations Passeig de Gracia or Urquinanona are just one block away. Many bus lines and night bus lines have stops at Plaza Catalunya. Both Barcelona hop-on-hop-off tourist bus have stops on Pl Catalunya and the Aerobus airport buses too.

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