Barcelona on Tuesday held a memorial service for the 16 people killed in attacks on a Spanish city and a nearby resort four years ago.
Wearing face masks and maintaining social distance due to epidemics, dozens of people observed a minute of silence on the tree-lined Las Ramblas Boulevard, where on August 17, 2017, a van left pedestrians behind the bodies.
Relatives of the victims laid white carnations in front of a memorial plaque marking the place where the van was parked.
Participants included the President of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Pierre Argonauts, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
“Four years after my son’s death, it’s still difficult. I think it’s getting harder every year,” Javier Martنیnez, the father of a three-year-old boy killed in the attack, told reporters.
The attacks, which also injured 140 people, were carried out by a cell, mostly made up of young Moroccans who grew up in Catalonia. He was claimed by the Islamic State group.
A 22-year-old man drove the van down Los Ramblas at high speed before hitting the driver and fleeing into the stolen car. He was shot four days later by police.
Hours after the attack, five of his comrades stormed into more pedestrians and stabbed a woman who later succumbed to her injuries at Cambrils, 100km (60 miles) south of the beach. All five were shot by police.
In May, a Spanish court found three men guilty of aiding and abetting the attacks and sentenced them to between eight and 53 years in prison.
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