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Far-right protesters, anti-fascist rivals scuffle in Barcelona

Rival protesters argue amid counter-demonstrations in Barcelona, on August 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Scuffles have broken out between far-right anti-Islam protesters and anti-fascist activists during counter demonstrations held in the Spanish city of Barcelona, where a Daesh terror attack killed 14 people on Thursday.

Simultaneous protests organized by the extreme Falange group and a huge crowed of counter-demonstrators in Barcelona degenerated into a brawl on Friday, prompting police to intervene.

The demonstrators gathered outside Las Ramblas, the pedestrian mall which had been the scene of the Daesh terrorist attack a day earlier.

The far-right group chanted slogans such as “Terrorists are not welcome” and “Stop the Islamization of Europe,” but they were met with counter-chants of “Nazis out” and “Barcelona anti-fascista.”

Police officers stand guard as members of the right-wing group Falange take part in a demonstration in Barcelona on August 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Pictures of the rival rallies showed people shouting at each other and fighting in the streets.

Outnumbered by the counter-protesters, Falange supporters were later forced to abandon the demonstration and escorted away from the scene by police.

On Thursday, a van rammed into a multitude of people on Rambla Avenue in the center of Barcelona, killing at least 14 and injuring some 100 others. The driver fled the scene after the attack.

The vehicle traveled several hundred meters, running over pedestrians and cyclists on its way, before stopping at a decorative mosaic near a subway station.

People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Daesh Takfiri group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident was the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, when militants bombed commuter trains in Madrid, killing over 190 people and wounding more than 1,800.

In another incident in the town of Cambrils on Friday, 100 kilometers away from Barcelona, five “alleged terrorists” drove into pedestrians in the early hours of Friday morning before being shot dead by security forces.

One of the pedestrians died and six others sustained injuries in the second attack.

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