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‘We are Antifa’: Parliament speaker reacts to Trump’s designation as terrorist group

Torrent was one of the first Catalan politicians to respond, while a Monday evening demonstration is planned in Barcelona

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01 June 2020 12:58 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, has shown his solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by rejecting the US president Donald Trump’s designation of ‘Antifa’ as a terrorist organization.

Quoting a Tweet from the American president making the declaration, Torrent responded with the message ‘We Are Antifa’ in a hashtag. 

The United States’ designation of ‘Antifa’ as a terror group comes as the country is gripped by protests and riots in the wake of the killing of African-American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

George Floyd is the latest name to be added to the list of those killed by law enforcement in recent years that have sparked protests across the country. 

'Antifa' is short for anti-fascism and does not typically operate as an organization, but rather manifests from a sentiment against fascism in whichever context it is believed to be found. 

A Black Lives Matter protest on Monday evening at the American consulate in Barcelona drew a few hundred people.

Another demonstration is planned for Plaça de Sant Jaume in the center of Barcelona for Sunday, June 7, at 11 am. 

Mural 

An anti-racist George Floyd memorial painting was created in the center of Barcelona over the weekend. 

Located very near the Born Cultural Center in the heart of the Catalan capital, the Black Lives Matter artwork was created by street artist TV Boy.

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  • Screenshot of the poster for the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Barcelona following the killing of George Floyd

  • Screenshot of the poster for the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Barcelona following the killing of George Floyd

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