Statement by Gregor Gysi on the attacks in Barcelona
18 August 2017
This terrible attack in the heart of Barcelona, leaving many dead and injured, deeply devastates us all. Catalonia was always a welcoming country of peace, and nothing should change that.
It is hard to imagine how hard this attack hits the relatives and friends of the victims. We are all empathizing with them, and wish a quick recovery to the injured.
The perpetrators have to be quickly identified and held responsible rigorously. The backgrounds have to be fully clarified. We have also to think about how such hate emerges, how, at last, wars can be overcome and this hatred can be dismantled. A peaceful life together requires the will of all sides.
Additionally, we in the west need to think about a whole new relation to the so-called “Third World” if we want to prevent hate, hostility and attacks. This can also effectively contribute to fighting the reasons for flight and escape.