King Felipe of Spain leads moment of silence in Barcelona after terror attack

By Emmy Griffiths

King Felipe VI of Spain led a minute of silence in honour of the victims of the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday (Aug 17). The monarch, who was joined by the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, paid tribute to the thirteen people killed and over 100 who were injured when a van drove into the crowd on the Ramblas boulevard in the city. The three men observed the minute silence while stood in a crowd at Placa de Cataluyna.


King Felipe observing a minute of silence
King Felipe observed a one minute silence

After the moment of silence was over, the crowd began to applaud and chant, "We are not afraid," in response to the incident. The Spanish Royal Court also released a statement on behalf of the royal family, which read: "They are murderers, just criminals who will not terrify us. All Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will be back to everyone."

Other famous faces were also quick to send their support following the attack, with many sharing a picture of a black ribbon. Chris Hemsworth's wife Elsa Pataky was among those to comment on the attack. She wrote: "My heart and soul are in pain. How did we, as human beings, come to this?" Writing in Spanish, Jennifer Lopez wrote: "Sending a lot of love and peace to the great city of Barcelona and all of its beauty people."

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King Felipe joining in the applause
King Felipe joined in with the applause

Cristiano Ronaldo shared a photo of the Real Madrid football team holding a minute's silence on the football pitch, writing: "Dismayed by the news from Barcelona. Full support and solidarity with the family and friends of the victims." King Abdullah of Jordan also responded to the attack. The Royal Hashemite Court tweeted: "His Majesty King Abdullah II condemns the deadly attack in #Barcelona #Jordan."

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