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How the world reacted to the Barcelona terror attack

12:06 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

How the world reacted to the Barcelona terror attackWorld leaders united in their condemnation of the Las Ramblas terror attack on Thursday. Spain The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." FC Barcelona said it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and the team's talismanic striker Lionel Messi said separately that people must reject "any act of violence". "There are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence," he added. United States President Donald Trump tweeted: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added: "Terrorists around the world should know - the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice." Germany In a statement, the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were thinking of the victims of the "revolting attack" with "profound sadness". Russia President Vladimir Putin called for the world to unite in an "uncompromising battle against the forces of terror". "We decisively condemn this cruel and cynical crime against civilians," Putin wrote in a telegram of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI. Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona, Spain, 17 August 2017  Credit: David Armengou European Union European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "I send my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, as well as to Prime Minister Rajoy and the people of Spain. My thoughts are with the people of Barcelona." France President Emmanuel Macron voiced "France's solidarity" with Spanish citizens following what he called "a tragic attack". Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: "Parisians are at your side. Barcelona and Paris are cities that share love and tolerance. Our values are much stronger than this heinous and cowardly act of terrorism". Toutes mes pensées et la solidarité de la France pour les victimes de la tragique attaque à #Barcelone. Nous restons unis et déterminés.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 17, 2017 Britain British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona ... and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror." London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack "barbaric", adding: "London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism." PM: My thoughts are with the victims of today’s terrible attack in Barcelona…(1/2)— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) August 17, 2017 The Netherlands It was a "cowardly attack against innocent people," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement on his Facebook page, calling it a "black day at a place where many people around the world gathered." Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey strongly condemned the "henious terrorist attack". The Vatican Pope Francis's spokesman said in a statement: "The Pope prays for the victims of this attack and wishes to express his closeness to all the Spanish people, especially the wounded and families of the victims." Portugal Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, a star with Spanish premier club Real Madrid, said he was "dismayed" by the attack and voiced "support and solidarity with the families and friends of the victims".   Barcelona terror attack, in pictures  


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