King Participates In Anti-Terrorism Protest

King Felipe participated this weekend in a mass demonstration in Barcelona against terrorism.

The event, also attended by national and regional leaders, follows an attack in that city earlier this month.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

Rescue workers and officials welcomed the King. Some anti-monarchy activists and pacifists, upset about Spain’s export of military weapons, protested his arrival.

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© Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King has made it a point to visit Barcelona several times since the attack. His presence as a symbol of unity is particularly important amid pro-independence rumblings in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

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King Mourns Terror Victims

King Felipe traveled to Barcelona today to participate in a moment of silence for the victims of terrorism in Spain this week.

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The King walks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. © Presidencia del Gobierno

The King and other Spanish and Catalan dignitaries left their summer vacations to attend to the crisis.

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The King with other Catalan and Spanish leaders. © Agencia EFE

Terrorism is nothing new in Spain and members of the Royal Family. The country has dealt with Basque separatists in the past and the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

King Honors Paris Victims

King Felipe today observed a moment of silence at the Royal Palace in Madrid in remembrance of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attach in Paris.

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King Felipe with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo.

The King held the moment of silence during a ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors to Spain.