August 18, 2017 10:44 pm
Updated: August 18, 2017 10:51 pm

Barcelona police disperse far-right protest after scuffle with anti-fascist activists

WATCH: Far-right protesters clash with anti-fascist counter protesters in Barcelona day after attack


A small group of far-right demonstrators briefly scuffled with anti-fascist counter-protesters in Barcelona on Friday night before being moved out of the area by police.

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According to El Periodico, a few dozen demonstrators gathered outside the La Boqueria public market just off Las Ramblas, the pedestrian mall that was the scene of Thursday’s terrorist attack, which claimed 13 lives.

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But their calls for a Christian Spain devoid of Muslim influence were reportedly drowned out by the much larger group of anti-fascist demonstrators calling for peace and denouncing racism.

The far-right group were heard chanting slogans such as “Terrorists are not welcome” and “Stop the Islamization of Europe,” but were met with counter-chants of “Nazis out” and “Barcelona anti-fascista,” El Mundo Deportivo reported.

An anti-fascist activist kicks a man who is claimed to be a right-wing sympathiser as he walks from the scene of the terrorist attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 18, 2017.

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Scuffles then broke out between the two groups, with two of the alleged far-right sympathizers seen walking away from the scene with black eyes and bloodied noses.

Catalan riot police then swept in and escorted the far-right demonstrators, believed to be adherents of the fascist Falange movement, away from the area in order to avoid further clashes.

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