Spain held several celebrations to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Union Terrorist attacks in Catalonia in 2017.
Hundreds of people attended a sombre ceremony in central Barcelona on Wednesday, including the region’s president, Pere Aragon, and the city’s mayor, Ada Colau.
Sixteen people were killed and more than 120 injured in the attacks carried out by an ISIS cell.
The death toll included some foreign tourists from Belgium, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
A number of institutional ceremonies were held in the country to commemorate the victims of the attacks, while others protested that Spain had failed to acknowledge the “silent suffering” of so many since 2017.
According to a recent court ruling, more than 350 people still suffer physical or psychological injuries as a result of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks.
What happened during the attacks?
On August 17, 2017, a 22-year-old Moroccan man drove a pedestrian rental pickup truck along one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, Las Ramblas.
Thirteen people were initially killed and dozens were injured, and the 14th victim died days later in hospital. After the initial rampage, the man abandoned the truck and killed another person to steal their car and flee the area on foot.
Just hours later, five other members of the ISIS cell carried out the second attack, 100 kilometers away in the coastal town of Cambrils. Several pedestrians fell off their carriage and a woman was stabbed to death.
The six perpetrators were later killed by police bullets, while two other members of the terrorist cell were killed earlier when their workshop exploded in Al-Knar village.
Three other men were arrested by the Spanish authorities and arrested He was later convicted and imprisoned for aiding the terrorist cell.
One of the three suspects revealed to investigators that the group initially planned to bomb well-known sites in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia and the Camp Nou stadium.