Demonstrators shout slogans against pilgrims during a protest against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011. (AP/Emilio Morenatti)
World Youth Day pilgrims were mocked, harssed, spit on and attacked in Madrid during the festivities this year. The leftists got really steamed when the children started praying a Rosary.
Fr. Z’s Blog reported on the abuse, via Free Republic:
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We had been wandering Madrid all day, chillin.
The boys were wearing their kilts so we got stopped for photos many times.
One guy who stopped us said there was an anti Catholic protest in Sol so we went to check it out. There was this HUGE crowd of people so Seamus & Louise didn´t want to come check it out with us, they sat at a corner.
We went in and people were shouting filthy slurs and cursing the Pope and it was awful.
So we knelt down and prayed a Rosary for them in the crowd and got surrounded by angry protesters, shouting and threatening and spitting and filming us and mocking us and trying to burn our flags.
A gay couple came and made out in front of us but whatever.
Anyway, Dominic made us stand up because he felt threatened so we finished our Rosary standing but on the last decade, a fight broke out right next to us between the Catholics who had been standing behind us and and the protesters so some of the other Catholics lead us out of the crowd.
We went back and dropped our bags with Louise and this time Mim stayed back so it was just Me & Dominic & Greg & Billy who went back and prayed a second rosary on the side of the crowd and we got more of the same, people getting up in our faces screaming.
We were met with a couple more of Juventutem but they left after we finished our second Rosary before one had an emotional breakdown.
Everyone left but the group I just mentioned above and we chanted BENEDICTO, BENEDICTO and VIVA PAPA and waved our Papal flag and so on up against the police line.
Lots of people yelled at us still.
Then, the police line broke and they charged at us and we had to run for our lives a little more urgently than after our Rosary.
Then the riot police came out and beat the ___ out of the protesters.
At least one guy lost a WYD (World Youth Day) pilgrim from his group in the crowd and a lot of medics showed up… A lot of people got lost & hurt.
Demonstrators shout slogans agains A pilgrim during a protest against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011. (AP)