Spanish police fire at peaceful protesters in Barcelona

by Jerome Roos on May 27, 2011

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Police just cleared the protest camp on the Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona, firing rubber bullets at protesters and hitting indiscriminately (videos here!).

NOTE: I just published another article: Why the police violence in Barcelona was a big mistake.

Information is still sketchy (if you’re in Barcelona, please give us an update!) but it appears that riot police have just cleared the peaceful protest camp at Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona with force.

At least 43 are reported to have been treated for injuries, although actual numbers are likely to be higher.

Video footage shows police beating away indiscriminately at protesters sitting on the ground. Reports say police even fired rubber bullets to disperse a small group of protesters that peacefully resisted eviction.

The Barcelona camp has been the second biggest in Spain, after the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, and had been occupied ever since the national protests on May 15th. Just yesterday, we shared a short documentary that showed the good-natured spirits of the peaceful protest camp.

Check out the videos below (NOTE: one of the most shocking videos cannot be embedded, but can be seen here):

Desalojo Policial plaza cataluña barcelona A3 from Comando Pollo on Vimeo.

We’ll post more updates as we get them. There’s some coverage here, and (in Spanish) here,  here and here. Some of the best pictures of the violent crackdown are here.

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Movim. May 27, 2011 at 13:14

Bueno Zapatero,Rubalcaba etc quisieron esto para ir terminando poco a poco con el tema…les ha salido el tiro por la culata ahora vamos con fuerza. Y recordamos la violencia la comenzaron ellos, no nosotros. Ahora tendrán que recibir lo que les corresponde no vamos a poner la otra mejilla.


Robert Browne May 27, 2011 at 14:32

Now your protest will spread like a virus soon to infect the rotten heart of the Euro Zone. Probably got their orders from the ECB or Merkel herself! Some friend please translate this to Spanish for me. I Love Spain xx


Alessandro Valli May 27, 2011 at 15:21
Iris May 27, 2011 at 16:57

The information we get here in Spain is that already more than 80 people have been injured – two of which are policemen (!) Quite some people have been taken to hospitals and numbers are rising… The protest has been peaceful all the way through and still the police is attacking citizens with such violence and disregard for their physical safety. In my opinion you can see really clearly in the video links how the police just starts to hit the protestors without any obvious reason (and when is there ever really a good reason I ask you) People are shocked and outraged facing this suppression in manifesting their concerns and disapproval of the situation!! Please keep posting and spreading the news internationally. The information which is given on Tv in Spain right now is very much colored in favor of everyone who disagrees with the movement. So please! This is important. It’s time the people get heard!


Jérôme E. Roos May 27, 2011 at 16:58

Thanks for this update Iris, it’s greatly appreciated! Will keep spreading the news far and wide!


david May 27, 2011 at 17:05

it should be noted the police had their badges covered.


Roy May 27, 2011 at 17:41
Sheila May 27, 2011 at 18:15

When they attack you, then you win I believe how the saying goes.



Axle May 27, 2011 at 18:54

It seems pointless and even gratuitous to show pictures of a protest and not even bother to write about what the protest is about. Shame.


Jérôme E. Roos May 27, 2011 at 20:32

Axle, suggestion: think before you talk. And have a good look around. I posted 20+ articles on the protests so far, there’s plenty of stuff on the content of the protests among them.


Miguel Grande May 28, 2011 at 22:45

Dear Axle,
Manifesto in English


We are individuals who have come together freely and voluntarily. Each of us has decided, after the concentrations on Sunday, May 15, that we are determined to continue fighting for dignity and political and social awareness.

We do not represent any political party or association.

We are joined by the singular cause of change.

We are brought together by integrity and solidarity with those who are unable to join us.


We are here because we desire a new society that puts lives above political and economic interests. We demand a change in society and an increase in social awareness. We are here to make it known that the people have not fallen asleep, and we will continue fighting…peacefully.

We send our support to the friends that have been detained for participation in these concentrations, and we demand their immediate release with no criminal charges.

We want all of this, and we want it now. If you are with us, come join us.

“Better to risk and lose than to lose without having risked at all.”


Yo May 27, 2011 at 19:39
mikael May 27, 2011 at 22:22

Now the people of Spain knows, its the same in a country like Syria. Its no difference, the goverments reaction is the same, the MSM coverings and what they report to the public is the same, Spain is becomed a corporat/oligarc run facistic stat, you have seen them before, just ask you parents.
Left/right paradigmas are a public farce and the result of decades of corruption and a total lack of shame, they gave your futute to a litle clik of investores and owners of Banks and other major finnance players in this casino economy, and when they ruind it, whey sent the bil to you, under the protection of a utter chriminal and corrupt goverments.

They are scared, probably for their first time in their political lifes they are facing a Revelution, they should be, the people of Spain dont have to pardon or make silly exucess for them selfs, the people of Spain is the one that have the right to demand a different policy against this messurments and bailouts.
They are the ones that gave you this mess, not the people of Spain.

Be pissed, its your right.
There is no democracy, if you dont have the right to say NO.


JANEBCN May 27, 2011 at 22:41

people are outraged by the violence, the old ladies from our centro civico in a tranqilo barrio went down to show support it’s not just a young people’s protest , all over the city tonight there was a cacerolada , people will not support violence against peaceful and justifiable protests


Miguel Rotunno May 27, 2011 at 23:19
Jérôme E. Roos May 28, 2011 at 04:16



BC May 28, 2011 at 00:45

It wasn’t peaceful and they have been there for weeks… They just wanted to get the people out so the square could be cleaned. I’m not condoning violence… but they were allowing people to go back after the cleanup, but the protestors wouldn’t cooperate.


#WORLDREVOLUTION IS COMING May 28, 2011 at 11:41

Dear BC, it was peaceful, fascist.


Annie Oakley May 28, 2011 at 07:59

I’m standing you with my brothers and sisters. I’m from Florida in the USA.

Our leaders and corporate lackeys have hijacked this nation and drug us into the dirt. With 2 failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the corporate bailouts, bribes in high places and possibly weather modification, they are out to destroy all of us.

We do not have a democracy, a republic or a monarchy. We have corporatocracy (sp). Our nations are run by the central banks, corrupt government officials and demonic sociopaths in corporate america.

This revolution is spreading like a wildflower across the nation. I pray our brothers and sisters in the USA will grow a pair and fight back this tyrannical regime that is existing in the USA.

The TSA was only created to make americans subservient. They are trying to condition us to become slaves and not free men or free women.

As a middle-aged female in the USA I was raised by parents and grandparents who lived through the depression.

I refuse to allow this tyrannical government to defeat me. I cannot look at my nieces and nephews in the eye 30 years from now and tell them I was too much of a coward to do nothing.

Spreading your word across my twitter and facebook account.


James May 28, 2011 at 10:58

This is the Tunisian style of revolution, it’s in the air, it’s everywhere. Police repression is also the Ben Ali style… there should be a global revolution against the system.


steve rogers May 28, 2011 at 12:27

Lots of people all over the world will see this on the internet.
and we are with you in spirit.
Don’t give up. and don’t use violent‘s.
and win the support of the people of the world.
the web site Link I have added.
is for a forum for ATS.
please tell us your story’s and add videos.
Good luck and god bless.


Vanesa Blanco May 28, 2011 at 13:48

People response after brutality at Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
At 21:00 we were more than 9.000 people.

Today resistance goes on, we’ll keep at the streets.

Thanks for support!!


Vanesa May 28, 2011 at 18:26
Anthony Binder May 28, 2011 at 20:30

I was there and what I saw was a peaceful and LEGAL protest being violently ripped apart by what looked like riot squads. It was horrible!!! The young people on the squre doing what they are doing are incredibly brave…


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Miguel May 30, 2011 at 03:31

I can believe we are in 2011, the “mossos d’esquadra” , remember me the old “Grises” . Absolutely dis-casting……No a la Policia Catalana if is like this one one.


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medycyna estetyczna June 22, 2011 at 10:07

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Indignada October 13, 2011 at 22:35

Here’s a video I made that day, recorded from a roof and with annotations for a multicam system:

Aerial view Barcelona failed eviction (video annotations)

Appreciate that this is not forgotten.


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