Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Madrid, where he attends the World Youth Days
Europe, 08/27/2012 08:31 pm
Pope Benedict XVI arrived Thursday at noon in Madrid, which is expected hundreds of thousands of pilgrims attending World Youth Days.
The pontiff arrived Barajas airport, which is to be welcomed by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, after which it will cross to board popemobile, crowds of pilgrims invaded the city in the world. Thousands of people demonstrated Wednesday evening in Madrid, against the Pope's visit and to organize its high cost. Six people were arrested on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, and two policemen were injured in clashes between police and protesters against the Pope in Madrid. Clashes broke out between police and protesters against the Pope after police arrested a protester who tried to attack them with bottles. Towards the end of the evening, riot police were removed from Puerta del Sol and the last demonstrators, holding positions in several market areas. Hundreds of pilgrims attending World Youth Days which are scheduled to meet Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI greeted with shouts prolaicitate demonstrators as "Long live the Pope!", "This youth is the Pope." Others sang "Hallelujah", praying and enjoying the music. Tensions have arisen in some places, demonstrators against the Pope shouted "pederasts, attention in children" or "Pope is a Nazi". A young protester 18 years old reported that "received a punch in the face of the Catholics". Supporters of secularism - 4,000, according to police - gathered in the evening behind a panel which says "From my taxes, 0 cents for the Pope. Secular state", responding to a call of 140 associations defending secularism, Christian progressives, leftist militants and gay rights. They shouted slogans and held placards with the words "This youth is not the Pope", "Stop, transphobia, sexism, homophobia", "We demand a truly secular state, freedom of conscience is a right". Pope Benedict XVI will be received Thursday in Madrid with a demonstration during which many people will kiss the same sex, organized by an association of gay and transgender rights, modeled flashmob events that took place at the previous visit Pope in Spain, in November 2010.