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December 17, 2014

Spaniards say 'I too am an anarchist' after police raids

Arrests in Barcelona and Madrid spark protests from supporters.
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Spanish police raid three centers linked to anarchists in Barcelona on December 16, 2014. [EPA/ALEJANDRO GARCIA]

After a series of raids on suspected anarchist cells in Spain, police have arrested 14 people believed to be "members of a terrorist organisation with anarchist tendencies". Spanish media is reporting the sting was part of a larger investigation into anarchist activity labeled "Operation Pandora". The group is allegedly responsible for placing explosives near ATMs in Barcelona. 

More than 2,000 supporters marched in defense of those arrested on Tuesday. Many on Twitter are using the hashtag #YoTambiénSoyAnarquista ("I too am an anarchist") in solidarity with the group.

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