Around 40 activists block entry to America's Cup store

Pro-environmental protesters plan action ahead of Saturday's demonstration in Barcelona and before championship begins in August

A group of pro-environmental activists block the entrance to the Barcelona's America's Cup official store during a demonstration on June 5, 2024
A group of pro-environmental activists block the entrance to the Barcelona's America's Cup official store during a demonstration on June 5, 2024 / Laura Fíguls
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June 5, 2024 02:15 PM

June 5, 2024 04:08 PM

Around 40 activists blocked entry to the America's Cup official store on Wednesday from 10 am to complain about the sailing competition, but also what they consider large projects that "break up the territory."

The block was promoted by several pro-environmental organizations, such as Futuro Vegetal, End Fossil, Arran, and Fridays for Future, in coordination with the 'No a la Copa Amèrica' platform. The event was scheduled ahead of Saturday's environmental demonstration in Barcelona.

Some activists blocked the store's entry door for around two hours, while others were already inside. Those outside hold a poster reading 'Let's finish with capitalism, and save our planet!' while chanting 'America's Cup is killing our neighborhoods.'

Pro-environmental activists demonstrate in front of Barcelona's America's Cup official store on June 5, 2024
Pro-environmental activists demonstrate in front of Barcelona's America's Cup official store on June 5, 2024 / Laura Fíguls

At the site, there were several Catalan Mossos d'Esquadra police officers, as well as Port police, who have the power in the area. Police identified the demonstrators once the protest finished.

The store is located beside the Colombus statue at the end of La Rambla boulevard and beside the sea.

The America's Cup sailing competition will start in Barcelona in August and continue until October.