More Than 300,000 Protest Against Eu Summit

March 18, 2002

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of Barcelona this Saturday to protest the summit ofEuropean Union leaders. The Associated Press is placing the number of demonstrators at more than 300,000 while theIndependent Media Center and on the ground witnesses are placing it at 500,000.

The protest began peacefully but ended in violence as the police attacked protesters with rubber bullets and teargas. Groups of protesters escaped onto side streets, and many protesters were beaten by the police while trying toseek refuge. It is not known at this time how many were seriously injured. More than 60 people are believed to havebeen arrested.


  • Maria Carrione, Democracy Now! correspondent in Spain.