Five years have passed, but the memory of the victims is still very much alive. The Ramblas of Barcelona have once again filled with people and white carnations to commemorate the 16 dead and 130 wounded in the terrorist attacks on August 17.
On the same day in 2017, shortly after 5 p.m., a van sped into the busy promenade. At the wheel, Younes Abouyaaqoub zig-zagged down the street trying to kill as many lives as possible.
Pablo Sebastián does not remove it from his memory. He was out for 11 months because he couldn’t walk after being run over. “I fell into the front of the van on its side. I put my head and arms against the glass, but I was thrown and crashed into a column. The woman next to me died,” he says.
At night, other jihadists killed another person in the coastal town of Cambrils before being shot by the police.
This Wednesday mothers and children, brothers and neighbors have observed a minute of silence in honor of the deceased.
The institutional representatives, located in the second row, have ceded the leading role to them, in an act that has been marred by the shouts and boos of a group of independentistas demanding “truth” from the Spanish Government.