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Thousands rally in Barcelona ahead of Pope’s Visit

Written on November 5, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Europe, News

Protests turn violent ahead of Pope’s visit to Spain

Thousands of activists have rallied in Barcelona ahead of this weekend’s planned visit by the Pope. Pro-gay groups, atheists and human rights campaigners all joined the rally aimed at showing opposition to the Vatican’s stance on issues such as abortion, homosexuality and resistance to the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDs.

Many also criticised how the event is being handled by authorities. The head of the Secular and Progressive Movement Jouffre Villanueva said: “We’re arguing that the Pope can come to Barcelona as often as he likes but we also believe that the authorities should be indifferent or neutral to this event. What’s upsetting is authorities protecting the services of this religion. This is what we denounce, because it violates the neutrality of our political institutions.” Read more…

As published in www.euronews.net

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