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article imageVideo: Fascists attack Madrid's Catalan center on Catalonia Day

By Anne Sewell     Sep 12, 2013 in World
Madrid - While Catalonians formed a human chain for independence in their region, a group carrying Spanish and fascist flags interrupted celebrations at the Catalan Government center in Madrid on Wednesday, shouting, tearing down flags and using pepper spray.
Digital Journal reported on the human chain, dubbed the "Catalan Way Towards Independence", formed by hundreds of thousands of Catalan residents across their region on Wednesday, demanding independence from Spain.
However, not everyone was celebrating Catalonia's national day on September 11.
Six people, believed to be extreme right-wing or fascists, were arrested for their part in an attack which disrupted celebrations at the Blanquerna Cultural Center in Madrid on Wednesday.
Just as the Catalan Government Representative, Josep Maria Bosch, was ready to make to a speech, around 15 members of a Fascist group forced themselves into the center shouting “Let us not deceive, Catalunya is Spain”.
Fascists attack Madrid s Catalan center on Catalonia Day  September 11  2013.
Fascists attack Madrid's Catalan center on Catalonia Day, September 11, 2013.
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The group were carrying Nazi flags and also flags of the Falange – former Spanish dictator Franco's fascist party.
They hit a journalist’s TV camera, and as they left, reportedly opened a tear gas container, forcing the 100 or so people gathered in the center to evacuate.
Five people also reportedly received minor injuries in the attack, including a 4-year-old girl.
The video shows the intruders pushing people aside, breaking furniture and tearing down Catalan flags in a display Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz has described as "a barbarous attack".
Esteban Gonzalez Pons. a senior leader from the ruling Partido Popular, denounced the incident as a "fascist attack".
The vice-president of Catalonia's regional government, Joana Ortega, called the attack "totally intolerable".
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