August 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
At least 13 dead after van plows into crowd in Barcelona
Barcelona, gay news, Washington Blade

At least 13 people have died in Barcelona, Spain, after a van plowed into a group of pedestrians. (Photo by Bert Kaufmann; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Spanish officials say at least 13 people died on Thursday when a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona.

The van struck local residents and tourists who were walking along La Rambla, a pedestrianized street that stretches from Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya to the city’s port. Officials have told Spanish media that more than 100 people were also injured in the incident that authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack.

The Washington Blade obtained a video that shows more than a dozen people — some of whom were covered in blood — lying on the ground on La Rambla. Some of the victims were not moving as paramedics and police officers responded to the scene.

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities have detained two people in connection with it.

Spanish media reported authorities killed five “terrorists” in Cambrils, a coastal town that is roughly 70 miles southwest of Barcelona, after they drove a car onto a seaside promenade on Friday morning. The attack left a woman dead and six others injured.

El País, a Spanish newspaper, said two of those who were injured are police officers. The men who were killed were also wearing fake explosive belts.

Josue Blen, a gay tourist from Costa Rica, told the Blade he saw what he described as a truck hit people. Blen said he saw “people run in every direction” and buildings were on “lock down.”

“I am in shock,” he told the Blade.

Pablo Salinas Mejías, an LGBT academic and activist from Chile, lives a few blocks away from La Rambla in Barri Gòtic. Salinas told the Blade there are police officers “everywhere” and they have asked local residents not to leave their homes.

“The sirens are nonstop,” said Salinas. “Fear has gripped beautiful Barcelona.”

Barcelona, which is Spain’s second largest city, is located on the Mediterranean Sea in the country’s Catalonia region.

Circuit Festival Barcelona, which is Europe’s largest gay summer circuit party, began on Aug. 5 and is scheduled to end on Sunday. Sitges, which is located roughly 25 miles southwest of Barcelona, is a popular destination for gay tourists from Europe and the U.S.

Thursday’s attack in Barcelona took place less than two months after more than a million people attended the 2017 WorldPride march and parade in Madrid.

Authorities in the Spanish capital closed several streets around the area in which the march and parade took place, banned large trucks and deployed more than 3,000 police officers. No terrorism-related incidents were reported.

“Horrified at reports of truck collision with pedestrians in Barcelona — thoughts with victims & emergency services,” tweeted the Party of European Socialists, which is among the groups that took part in WorldPride in Madrid.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • EastCoastJ

    Gays will never admit their share of the blame for these attacks. Hopefully Europe will wake up soon (as Manchester did after the kids’ concert attacks). Gays ARE willing to see the average European killed as long as gays get their way and turn Europe into a Muslim majority.

    • lnm3921

      You lie as well as your FAKE POTUS and live in an alternative sick reality like he does. He’s imploding under the weight of his ego and arrogance! He’s incompetent and Republicans can no longer deny it either!

    • lnm3921

      You lie as well as your FAKE POTUS and live in an alternative sick reality like he does. He’s imploding under the weight of his ego and arrogance! He’s incompetent and Republicans can no longer deny it either! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/80d44a8de1c445605ffbe8160678116515d08c0d5a87cc2687772a0617090134.jpg

      • EastCoastJ

        Genius and crazy are very closely-related, if you look at history. Meanwhile, I know you’re disappointed we haven’t had any attacks in the U.S. since Trump stepped in.

        • lnm3921

          Megalomania is not genius. Just a crazy arrogance.

          In both your case and Trump, you’re both just sick!

          We can thank Homeland Security for no Islamic attacks…so far..but it has NOTHING to do with any your Fake POTUS is doing!

          • EastCoastJ

            I guess Homeland Security sucked during the Obama administration then.

          • lnm3921

            Only an idiot would think that homeland security can prevent every possible attack especially from people who already live here!

            But then you’re an idiot! How is trump defending us by knocking them with his golf clubs on the golf course?!

          • EastCoastJ

            Obama went to a homophobic mosque, praised them like crazy, and then we had the Pulse massacre. Trump prevented a slaughter of gay men in San Francisco. Enough said. ( Sorry..but you’ll just have to turn to Europe to get your bloodlust fill of people getting killed).

          • lnm3921

            Trump goes to homophobic christian conservative gatherings, supports their agenda to oppress the GLBT community and praises anti-GLBT christian terrorist groups that would murder us!

            You’ve milked Pulse dry! Move ont! Trump prevents nothing but GLBT from moving forward! Trump again does nothing but promote himself and his ego!

            He has NEVER prevented the slaughter of gay men. He ignore it in Chechnya!

          • EastCoastJ

            How can Trump say anything about Chechnya?? Your type of gay has always been screaming that he mustn’t criticize Is-LAM.

          • lnm3921

            It hasn’t stopped him from criticizing Islam before. He promised to protect GLBT from Islamic terrorists and he has proven himself to be a liar!

            Obama would have already condemned Chechnya and offered amnesty while Trump is completely silent on the issue!

          • EastCoastJ

            Obama won’t condemn Chechnya now. Because he won’t criticize Is-LAM.

          • lnm3921

            It’s the fake POTUS that needs to condemn Chechnya not Obama! Your Fake POTUS is a failure and a lousy leader! He’s imploding everyday!

          • EastCoastJ

            Trump and I are doing great ! You’ve been imploding since election night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NEBuXDJPT8

          • lnm3921

            Actually, Trump has been imploding non-stop! You’re delusional if believe otherwise! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb2006fecd11473368a90b22dc63f01f72f5bc97f50fe4ad5afca18d61bbe201.jpg

          • EastCoastJ

            LOL. Dream on. (But I WOULD put a crown on him if I could. I believe in Monarchy).

          • lnm3921

            Now you’re dreaming! Trump would love to be our dictator but that will never happen!

            Move to Russia for that! We know how welcomed Jews and gays are there!

          • EastCoastJ

            At least Russian gays have been assisting with getting gays out of Chechnya, which is more than U.S. gays are doing. All U.S. gays are doing are dancing and prancing on their P-Town vacations. And Putin likes his Jews (he grew up with a ton of them around). As for Israel….I’d put up an electric fence if I could to keep the Palestinian homophobes out.

          • lnm3921

            All trump is doing about it is ignoring it while he plays golf! He’s a failure!

          • EastCoastJ

            All U.S. gays do is dance and prance on their summer vacations while ignoring the new Dachau and Auschwitz set up for gay men (by Muslims). You guys couldn’t care less.

          • lnm3921

            You may prance, swish and lisp but I don’t!!!!!

          • EastCoastJ

            There’s nothing inherently wrong with prancing (nor swishing, lisping, dancing..). It depends what one is doing it for. When gays do it because innocent people get kiiled is when those are bad behaviors.

          • lnm3921

            Well, then you had better preach to your alt-right then who killed and injured people in Charlottesville!

            Did you know the Alt Right hates Jews? Richard Spencer blames Jews for right oppression. You on his hit list!

          • EastCoastJ

            Hate means nothing. No skin off my hooked nose. I don’t care if they hate me or not. Only one group is actually performing the killing of gays and Jews from Chechnya to Orlando to NYC. And it sure ain’t the alt-right.

          • lnm3921

            It’s hate that drives all violence and attacks. Ignore the lessons of what led to the holocaust and pretend it can’t happen here! The arabs you hate attack because of it.

            If there hate doesn’t scare you then let them know your name and address. You talk the talk now walk the walk! If they could dig a hole and make you stand by it with a pistol they wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

          • EastCoastJ

            The Holocaust CAN happen here. It’s already happening in Chechnya. If Clinton had been elected President we’d be much closer to it happening in the U.S., but luckily we got Trump. Safe for now.

          • lnm3921

            Clinton never gave a voice or cover for your white supremacist groups like trump has! It’s clear theY want to end Jews and homosexuals! Why can’t you admit that? It comes right out of their mouths and is seen on their websites!

            You also keep ignoring that those alt right groups would assault you if they met you and knew you were both gay and a Jew!

            Trump keeps no one safe! You live in an illusion!

          • EastCoastJ

            Let Muslims know your name and address.

          • lnm3921

            They do and I’m just fine. Your turn!

          • EastCoastJ

            None of them know your address.

          • lnm3921

            You think you know every thing! But you know $h!t!

          • EastCoastJ

            BTW : Nine of you killed each other in Chicago this weekend.

          • EastCoastJ

            You could learn some restraint and good behavior from the alt-right marchers. Look how many of you died in Chicago alone that weekend. I still have to look up this weekend.

          • lnm3921

            Really? Wow you are too sick! Go to an alt right rally and get up close and tell you hem your a Jew who supports them and see how much love you get!

            They chant Jews will not replace us not muslims! You live in a really deep denial! They want your blood as much as any Islamic terrorist!

          • EastCoastJ

            Yeahh….. like it’s Nazis who set the bomb off at the Ariana Grande concert.

          • lnm3921

            Give it time. Tim mcVeigh who bombed Oklahoma was alt right and Eric Rudolph who bombed Atlanta was right wing Christian. Homeland security arrested an alt right guy in the us recently that was planning to bomb a gov’t building!

            Did you glaze over all that?

          • EastCoastJ

            Yawn. Yeah…McVeigh and Rudolph caused SO much trouble in my life. Unlike Muslims who directly tried to kill me with the first WTC bombing and then three more times (and they make up a teensy percentage of the population. Imagine if Hillary had been elected and quadrupled their numbers!)

          • lnm3921

            Tell it to the victims their victims and see how trivial it was to them! It’s not just about you!

          • EastCoastJ

            Yawn. For 2017, 437 dead in Chicago so far by other African Americans.

          • EastCoastJ

            The Unification Church (of Sun Myung Moon) is very homophobic too. So is the Church of Scientology. And you’re terrified of them both.

          • lnm3921

            Why don’t you ask them?

            I gave you examples and you pretend they aren’t so! Typical of your type!

          • EastCoastJ

            Ask them why you, in particular, are so afraid of them ?

          • EastCoastJ

            Howard Stern said six million Jews walked right into the gas chambers. so if you’re gonna learn self-defense better hit up Chuck Norris or something. Don’t learn it from Jews.

          • lnm3921

            We can learn from the holocaust not to let It happen again by listening to the likes of you!

          • EastCoastJ

            It IS happening. The new Dachau and Auschwitz in Chechnya. What are you talking about wih that “not to let it happen again” ?

          • lnm3921

            Get a life you nutcase other than Islam!

          • EastCoastJ

            No. I don’t want Islam in the U.S. Not one single Muslim country doesn’t have a punishment- from imprisonment to caning to death- for homosexual acts.

          • lnm3921

            I’m going to bed. See if you can get laid by Allen Ginsberg! You need it bad!

          • EastCoastJ

            Ginsberg is deceased.

          • EastCoastJ

            And talk about Jew-hatred! Look at your Louis Farrakhan. Remember when gays joined with the homophobic Muslim New Black Panther Party to shout death threats at Reade Seligmann, the defendent who was half-Jewish at Duke U. ? Leftist gays are just lovely people.

          • lnm3921

            Your just babbling now! Say anything ridiculous when you having nothing sensible to say!

          • EastCoastJ

            That really happened. Experts on the Duke lacrosse case called it the Strange Bedfellows Syndrome. The mutual hatred of Jews, Irish-Americans, northerners, and heterosexual white males made two groups (who normally hated each other) unite. Remember (before the DNA tests came back) when you were handing out the home addresses of the falsely-accused to every psychopath in Durham? Proving that….maybe the experts who point out the connection between mental illness and homosexuality aren’t THAT far off.

          • EastCoastJ

            I didn’t say he could or would become dictator, just that I’d give him that power if I could.

          • lnm3921

            How good that you’re impotent then! We’ll be sure to keep you flaccid!

          • EastCoastJ

            The asexual and flaccid have done great things throughout history. No sexual desire to take up their time. Look at Isaac Newton.

          • lnm3921

            Stop
            Looking at yourself naked and thinking of trump naked and you may not be so flaccid!!

          • EastCoastJ

            He’s way hotter than Larry Kramer,

          • lnm3921

            Who is hot to you? Howard Stern or Howie Mandel?

          • EastCoastJ

            Allen Ginsberg

          • BigGaySteve

            Has there been another Neighbors bar Seattle, Pulse bar Orlando, male nurse beheaded by a somali moslem in Maine or a black moslem serial killer of gays like Ali Mohamad Brown since Trump got in? Oh wait you probably only heard about one of those.

          • lnm3921

            Trump can’t be bothered with Chechnya or recognizing gay pride so he had nothing to do with protecting the LGBT community from anything! His agenda is social terrorism!

          • EastCoastJ

            Trump marching into the future!! And for Gay equality! (Poor you).

          • lnm3921

            Trump is a failure and a loser like you! His future is going back to Trump tower in disgrace!

          • EastCoastJ

            Nope. Both Trump and I will continue to enjoy Trump Tower, AND the White House. Hillary has to stick with her Manhattan apt. and house in the country, since Arkansas isn’t good enough for her now.

          • lnm3921

            Trump will be out in 2020 if not sooner! You live in the White House now?

            They’ll be a better Dems than Hillary up against Trump. It doesn’t take much to be better than Trump. He’s proven how low and vile is he!

          • EastCoastJ

            I’d consider voting for a better Dem than Trump. But so far there aren’t any on the horizon. And if we get a Dem who takes a hard position against Islam then that politician won’t appeal to you nor to most gays.

          • lnm3921

            Move to Israel where they have a wall to keep Palestinians out!

          • BigGaySteve

            If Trump goes Mat Bracken & Roger Stone have said the electricity will stop flowing into the Hilary Archipelago

          • lnm3921

            Evidently they’ve already zapped your brain with conversion therapy but you’re too frazzled to realize it!

          • BigGaySteve

            Tokyo is the largest city in the world but had no moslem problems until Japan took in only 30 highly vetted moslems. 8 of them were involved in a gang rape within 6 months.
            You might fear the Pence lead conversion squads, but when the US adopts the same policy towards moslems that Venice just did don’t be stupid enough to try to shelter moslems that would behead you if they had power.

          • lnm3921

            Are all fake potus glut supporters gonzo? You all rant such nutty things!

          • BigGaySteve

            The mayor of Venice just authorized cops to shoot dead anyone who says Alloha Snackbar, when the next Vlad Tepes rises in Europe don’t ask your representatives to have white soldiers try to save moslems like Clinton did in Bosnia

          • lnm3921

            You’re coo coo for Cocoa Puffs!

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