More than 160,000 march in Barcelona to demand Spain takes in more refugees

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At least 160,000 protesters have marched in Barcelona to demand that Spain’s conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.

Spain has accepted just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to take in.

Marchers held a large banner and signs in Catalan with the slogans ‘Enough Excuses! Take Them In Now!’ and ‘No More Deaths, Open The Borders!’ as they made their way through the city centre to its Mediterranean coast.

Barcelona police said 160,000 people took part in the march, while organisers said it reached 300,000 participants.

“There is an ample consensus in Catalonia to demand that the (government’s) commitments are upheld,” said organiser Ruben Wagensberg.

In September 2015, Spain‘s government pledged to bring 17,337 refugees in within two years: 15,888 from camps in Italy and Greece and 1,449 from Turkey and Libya.

Source: More than 160,000 march in Barcelona to demand Spain takes in more refugees | The Independent