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viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

Ley de Glass-Steagall, única solución para España.

El presidente de los EEUU de América, Franklin D. Roosevel tras el crack de 1929 en la Bolsa de Nueva York, proclamó una ley llamada Glass-Steagall (por el senador y congresista que la impulsaron), que consistía básicamente en la total separación de los bancos de ahorro y los de inversión. Es decir, los bancos normales no podían especular con el dinero de los clientes, y los bancos de inversión no podían actuar como bancos de depósito. De ese modo se garantizaban los depósitos de los clientes, ya que su dinero no saldría de allí. Roosevelt lo dejó bastante claro: “Prefiero rescatar a los que producen alimentos que a los que producen miseria”. La ley se aprobó en 1934 y, a partir de ese año, la economía estadounidense comenzó a crecer y desarrollarse para convertirse en la primera economía mundial.

 Hasta que los bancos empezaron a presionar en los años 60 porque la ley fuera derogada. Incluso la Reserva Federal, bajo las órdenes de Greespan, que había sido director de JP Morgan, presionaba. Hasta 1998 la cosa fue un tira y afloja. Pero en ese año los bancos Travelers y Citibank querían fusionarse para constituir la mayor entidad bancaria del mundo, y se las apañaron para hacer que Bill Clinton derogase la ley Glass-Steagall. A partir de ese año los bancos pudieron especular en los mercados con el dinero de sus clientes y los depósitos de cualquier persona. Fíjense, eso pasó en 1998. Sólo diez años después ya teníamos encima la mayor crisis financiera de la historia. Recordemos que la crisis que azotó fue originada como la crisis que nos azota, o lo que es lo mismo, por los excesos del sistema bancario”. Más claro el agua. ¿Y en España? Parece que aquí nunca ha existido una ley parecida (aunque es posible que me equivoque). En cualquier caso no existe actualmente y es el origen de desastres como el de Bankia. 

Al final la codicia es lo que trae, si no existen políticos valientes y leyes que sirvan de freno a la avaricia.De lo primero, políticos valientes, vamos bastantes escasos. Y de lo segundo, leyes que protejan al ciudadano…en fin. No obstante parece que en Estados Unidos hay ya un gran movimiento que pretende volver a decretar la ley Glass-Steagall. Desde congresistas y senadores, hasta

el propio asesor político de Obama, Paul Volcker, abogan por su reinstauración. Y no sólo eso, desde el propio Wall Street se oyen voces en este sentido. Y además hay un movimiento llamado La Rouche Political Action Committee que aboga abiertamente por la vuelta de la ley Glass-Steagall, incluso tienen web en castellano. El movimiento
está impulsado por Lyndon H. La Rouche, que es un personaje curioso. Ha peleado por la nominación demócrata a la presidencia del país en varias ocasiones, y por lo que he podido leer acerca de él, ya antes de 1992 vaticinaba la crisis financiera. Además, fue declarado culpable de conspiración en diciembre de 1988 y encarcelado hasta 1994, en un proceso bastante controvertido.

 En España PP y PSOE compran a periodistas, economistas, talabarteros, encalomadores, rufianes, putas y maricones. Su objetivo no es que no quieran aplicar

la Ley Glass-Steagall, lo importante para ellos es que el pueblo siga aspirando a ver María Belén Esteban, a Messi y si puede ser de Cristiano Ronaldo hasta los huevos. Por cierto pasado mañana, elecciones gallegas y vascas, haced lo que os plazca, pero si puedo ser que vuestro voto sea nulo o no se contabilice. Los políticos ya empiezan a estar preocupados, el pueblo no los quiere, les odia, les maldice y algunos hasta escupen a su paso.

jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Yihad. Zamach terrorystyczny w Barcelonie: furgonetka wjechała w tłum ludzi

Spanien Barcelona Lieferwagen fährt in Menschenmenge (Getty Images/AFP/J. Lago)
Samochód wjechał w tłum ludzi na popularnym barcelońskim bulwarze Las Ramblas. Policja informuje o 13 ofiarach śmiertelnych i ponad 50 rannych. 
Według świadków furgonetka przejechała około 600 metrów po chodniku. Następnie uzbrojeni sprawcy zabarykadowali się w tureckiej restauracji. 
Policja podjęła szeroko zakrojoną akcję poszukiwania domniemanego sprawcy. Zatrzymano tymczasem jedną podejrzaną osobę, która wypożyczyła furgonetkę, którą dokonano zamachu.
Bulwar został zamknięty na długości 300 metrów. Zamknięto okoliczne restauracje i sklepy, wstrzymany zostal ruch autobusów i metra.
Infografik Lastwagen-Attake in Barcelona ENG
Zamach miał miejsce w samym centrum miasta
Stacja telewizyjna RTVE pokazywała zdjęcie, na którym rozpoznać można trzy osoby leżące na ziemi i policjantów oraz inne osoby udzielające im pierwszej pomocy.
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Na początku na miejsce przybyło pięć karetek pogotowia i prawie 20 samochodów policyjnych – jak potwierdza jeden z dziennikarzy agencji AFP. Kierowcy samochodu dostawczego udało się zbiec – podał portal "El Pais". 
Spanien Barcelona Lieferwagen fährt in Menschenmenge (Getty Images/AFP/J. Lago)
Na miejsce natychmiast przybyły służby ratunkowe
Reporter hiszpańskiej telewizji donosił o obecności zmasowanych sił policyjnych i wielu karetkach pogotowia które są w akcji. Ludzie uciekali w panice z bulwaru Las Ramblas. Policja  ewakuowała leżący w pobliżu plac Catalunya i ulice w promieniu 200 m od miejsca zamachu. 
Premier Mariano Rajoy oświadczył, że rząd jest w kontakcie ze wszystkimi instytucjami państwowymi. Policja wezwała ludzi na Twitterze, aby biorąc wzgląd na bliskich ofiar, nie publikowali żadnych zdjęć rannych osób.

巴塞羅那發生貨車衝撞「恐怖襲擊」

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本週四,西班牙巴塞羅那市中心發生小貨車衝撞人群事件,造成至少12人死亡,80人受傷。警方證實,這起案件已被當做恐怖襲擊進行調查處理。「伊斯蘭國」也已宣佈對此次襲擊負責。
(德國之聲中文網)路透社報導,當地警方表示,在巴塞羅那市中心,一輛小貨車衝撞人群,造成多人受傷。德國「焦點在線」(Focus Online)報導,事情發生在巴塞羅那市中心的步行林蔭道「蘭布拉大道」(La Rambla,也譯「蘭布拉大街」)。事發地點已被封鎖。警方在推特上發出呼籲,希望民眾不要前往蘭布拉大道和加泰羅尼亞廣場。
加泰羅尼亞自治區主席普伊格蒙特(Carles Puigdemont)在一場新聞發佈會上介紹,至少80人在醫院接受治療,約12人死亡。他還稱,已有兩人被捕。警方的一名發言人指出,被捕的兩人中其中一人的身份被認定為「Driss Oukabir」。
襲擊發生後不久,恐怖極端組織「伊斯蘭國」(IS)宣佈對此負責。
西班牙新聞通訊社EFE此前報導,駕車司機肇事後逃跑。緊急服務中心要求暫時關閉火車站和地鐵站。
德國政府對巴塞羅那襲擊受害者表示哀悼。聯邦政府發言人塞伯特(Steffen Seibert)發表推文:「我們對巴塞羅那可憎的襲擊造成的受害者表示深切的哀悼。」美國國務卿提勒森表示願意向西班牙提供幫助  ,他在一場新聞發佈會上說:「全球的恐怖分子應該知道,美國和美國的盟友有決心找到你們究責。」
警方之前曾在推特上寫道:「目前正在尋找肇事者。不要在事發地區走動。」
警方證實,這起案件已被當做恐怖襲擊進行調查處理。
伊斯蘭極端分子在柏林、尼斯和倫敦都曾使用汽車當作武器發動襲擊。2004年,恐怖分子在馬德里市郊鐵路火車上製造爆炸事件,造成191人死亡,超過1800人受傷。

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اعتداء إرهابي يضرب وسط برشلونة واعتقال شخصين أحدهما مغربي


قتل 13 شخصا في اعتداء تبناه تنظيم "داعش" استهدف جادة يقصدها عدد كبير من السياح في برشلونة، بعد أن صدم سائق شاحنة صغيرة حشدا موقعا أيضا عشرات الجرحى. وأعلنت الشرطة اعتقال شخصين أحدهما مغربي على صلة بالهجوم.
دهست سيارة شحن صغيرة حشودا من السائحين في أشهر شوارع مدينة برشلونة الإسبانية اليوم الخميس (17 أب/أغسطس 2017) مما أسفر عن مقتل 13 شخصا. وأعلنت ادارة الدفاع المدني والطوارئ الإسبانية أن حادث الدهس أسفر عن إصابة أكثر من ثمانين آخرين بينهم 15 إصاباتهم خطيرة، ويجرى علاجهم في المستشفيات.
وأفاد شهود بأن السيارة الشحن الصغيرة (فان) انطلقت بسرعة بشكل متعرج في شارع "لا رامبلا" المزدحم وهو مقصد شهير للسياح وأسقطت ودهست المارة وتركت جثثا ملقاة في أنحاء الطريق.
وأفادت الشرطة الإسبانية بأنّ سائق الشاحنة الصغيرة لا يزال فارّاً. وقال خوسيب لويس ترابيرو من شرطة كاتالونيا الاقليمية إنّ شخصين آخرين يشتبه في تورطهما في الاعتداء الارهابي قد اعتُقلا، مشيراً الى أنّ احدهما إسباني والآخر مغربي.
 
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اعتداء إرهابي يهز برشلونة

وقال شاهد العيان توم غولر لهيئة الإذاعة البريطانية (بي.بي.سي) "سمعت صرخات وصوت ارتطام ثم شاهدت الحشود تتفرق وهذه الشاحنة تجري بسرعة في وسط لا رامبلا وأدركت على الفور أن هذا عمل إرهابي أو شيء من هذا القبيل". وأضاف "لم تبطئ على الإطلاق. كانت تسير بشكل مستقيم وسط الحشود في قلب لا رامبلا". وأظهرت لقطات صورت بهاتف محمول ونشرت على تويتر عدة أشخاص على أرض الشارع بعضهم فاقد الحركة. وقالت إيلين فيركام التي تقضي عطلتها في برشلونة لصحيفة إل باييس "شاهدنا سيارة فان بيضاء تصدم الناس. شاهدنا الأجساد تتطاير بسبب الاصطدام".

وأعلن موقع في الإنترنت مرتبط بتنظيم "داعش" مسؤولية التنظيم الإرهابي عن الهجوم. ولم يتسن التحقق من إعلان المسؤولية بشكل مستقل. وإذا تأكد تورط التنظيم الإرهابي المتشدد في الاعتداء، فسيكون الهجوم هو الأحدث في سلسلة من الهجمات التي وقعت على مدى 13 شهرا مضت واستخدم فيها المهاجمون سيارات بما تسبب في فوضى في شوارع مدن أوروبية مما أسفر عن مقتل أكثر من 100 شخص في نيس وبرلين ولندن وستوكهولم.وأعلنت حكومة إقليم كتالونيا حالة الحداد رسميا لمدة ثلاثة أيام. أعلن ذلك وزير داخلية الإقليم يواكيم فورن مساء اليوم الخميس. ومن جانبها دعت رئيسة بلدية المدينة آدا كولاو إلى الوقوف دقيقة صمت عند الثانية عشرة من ظهر يوم غد الجمعة في مكان الحادث. وقالت كولاو: "لابد أن نبين أننا لا نخاف وأننا متحدون ضد البربرية ومؤيدون للديمقراطية".
وأسقط الهجوم أكبر عدد من القتلى في إسبانيا منذ مارس آذار 2004 عندما وضع إسلاميون متشددون قنابل في قطارات ركاب في مدريد مما أسفر عن مقتل 191 شخصا وإصابة أكثر من 1800 آخرين.
على صعيد متصل، ربطت الشرطة الاسبانية انفجارا أودى بحياة شخص ودمر منزلا أمس الاربعاء بحادث الدهس الإرهابي في برشلونة الذي جرى اليوم الخميس. وقالت الشرطة إن منزلا في منطقة الكانار (200 كلم جنوب برشلونة)، كان قد انهار جراء الانفجار.
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Five jihadis 'in suicide belts' killed and seven people injured as gunfire erupts in beach resort south of Barcelona in SECOND terror outrage hours after 13 died in van attack on Las Ramblas


  • Five terror suspects have been killed in a shootout 70 miles from Barcelona as police responded to an attack
  • Video footage shows the terrorists strewn across the ground in the coastal town of Cambrils this morning 
  • The terrorists were reported to have explosives strapped around their waists when they were gunned down
  • Just hours earlier at least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a terror attack in Barcelona
Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground after armed officers gunned down the terrorists who had explosives strapped around their waists.
Gunshots could be heard and police officers were seen running down a street in Cambrils, to the south of the Catalan city, shortly after midnight.
Seven innocent people - including an officer - were injured and witnesses have said the shooting happened close to a taxi rank in the coastal town. 
Police said they are treating the latest incident as terror and it comes just hours after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona.
Reports suggested the group had attempted to carry out a similar attack to that on Las Ramblas by driving a van at pedestrians but their vehicle overturned and they were shot by officers. 
Police this morning confirmed they had 'shot the perpetrators' and urged locals to 'avoid going out' and to 'stay home'.
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Up to five people are feared dead after gunfire erupted in the beach resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, amid fears of a new terror attack
Up to five people are feared dead after gunfire erupted in the beach resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, amid fears of a new terror attack
Video footage showed bodies on the ground
It is unclear if the people on the ground are victims or suspects
Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground in the seaside town and police have confirmed they had 'shot the perpetrators'. The people on the ground are believed to be the terrorists 
Four terror suspects have been killed in the early hours of this morning after police in Cambrils responded to the latest terror attack in Spain 
Four terror suspects have been killed in the early hours of this morning after police in Cambrils responded to the latest terror attack in Spain 
Police officers rushed to the seaside resort to carry out an operation and ended up shooting four of the five terror suspects 
Police officers rushed to the seaside resort to carry out an operation and ended up shooting four of the five terror suspects 
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Terrifying footage shows members of the public leaping to safety as shots are fired during the incident which was related to yesterday's mass killing. 
It came hours after investigators warned a driver who swerved through the busy Las Ramblas district, indiscriminately mowing down innocents, was still at large.
A man was last night shot dead on the outskirts of Barcelona after speeding through a roadblock, injuring two police officers. It is not known, however, if he was linked to the terror plot.
Two men, a Spanish national and a Moroccan, have been arrested, but neither was at the wheel of the Fiat van which mounted the pavement and sped into crowds of pedestrians.
Less than 24 hours earlier, an explosion at a house in Alcanar, 125 miles south of Barcelona, is believed to have been caused by butane canisters linked to the terror attack. A terror cell is thought to have been planning to fill the van with explosives.
El Periodico reported that documents discovered among the debris showed those who were living there were plotting the attack in Barcelona. 
Officials warn the death toll is likely to rise, with at least 10 people critically injured in yesterday afternoon's atrocity in the heart of the city's tourist district.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, describing the killers as 'soldiers of the Islamic State'. 
In the aftermath of the attack police circulated an image of Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Catalan resident of Moroccan origin, saying he had rented out a second van thought to be intended as a getaway vehicle - where his documents were found. A man was arrested at the scene.
But police sources said Oukabir later handed himself in at a police station in Ripoll, 65 miles north of Barcelona, claiming his brother had stolen his documents.
The hired van (pictured), registered to rental company Telefurgo, rammed into scores of holidaymakers and their children before police swooped in Barcelona. The crumpled van is pictured as a body lies on the ground 
The hired van (pictured), registered to rental company Telefurgo, rammed into scores of holidaymakers and their children before police swooped in Barcelona. The crumpled van is pictured as a body lies on the ground 
Horrifying images of the aftermath show an elderly couple were among the injured after the van ploughed into pedestrians on the busy Barcelona street
Horrifying images of the aftermath show an elderly couple were among the injured after the van ploughed into pedestrians on the busy Barcelona street
A police officer appears to be lying motionless on the ground after a Ford Focus drove through a roadblock on the outskirts of Barcelona
A police officer appears to be lying motionless on the ground after a Ford Focus drove through a roadblock on the outskirts of Barcelona
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Moussa Oukabir, 18, who lives in Barcelona, has been named as a suspect in the Las Ramblas attack after reportedly stealing his brother's documents 
Moussa Oukabir, 18, who lives in Barcelona, has been named as a suspect in the Las Ramblas attack after reportedly stealing his brother's documents 
Driss Oukabir (pictured) has been arrested by police, according to local media reports. The Guardia Civil previously said the van used in the attack was rented by Oukabir in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada
One of the arrested suspects is believed to be Driss Oukabir
Driss Oukabir (pictured) has been arrested by police, according to local media reports. The Guardia Civil previously said the van used in the attack was rented by Oukabir in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada
Police were seen arresting a suspect
They arrested a man earlier on Thursday
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Witness films apparent arrest of second suspect in Barcelona
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His brother is named Moussa Oukabir, 18, who lives in Barcelona, El Pais reports.
Horrifying pictures and video from the scene of the Las Ramblas attack show armed police and paramedics rushing around the busy promenade in the centre of the city, as victims lie hurt in the street.
Video has emerged seeming to show a police officer lying on the ground injured in Sant Just Desvern, on the outskirts of Barcelona, after the Ford Focus drove through a roadblock. 
Disturbing comments posted on social network Kiwi by an account carrying Moussa Oukabir's name and photograph makes reference to killing all infidels.
Josep Lluis Trapero, the head of the regional police force the Mossos d’Esquadra, said the attack was designed 'to kill as many people as possible'.
He said police were connecting the attack to an explosion at a house in Alcanar, 125 miles south of Barcelona, late last night.
One person died and six were injured in the explosion, reportedly caused by a build-up of gas, which caused the house to collapse.
Mr Trapero told a news conference: 'At 16.50 a van entered the pedestrian area of the Rambla, and drove for many meters, running over hundreds of people.
'Many of them were injured and it caused the death of 13 people. The driver got out of the van and ran away. There was no shouting, no phrases which sometimes accompany such attacks. Witnesses called the emergency services and gave a description. 
'The Mossos began Operation Cage, an anti-terrorist operation throughout Catalonia. There is no evidence that the person who left the van was armed. We do not believe he was armed, at least visibly.
'We entered all of the bars and establishments of the area to check nobody was hiding. This was clearly a terrorist attack with the intention of killing as many people as possible.
'It is believed to be connected with a second incident - the explosion of a house in Alcanar. We received an alert of an explosion where one person has died and others were injured.
'A part of the building collapsed. We are linking these two incidents. I cannot give further details as we are still working on the investigation.
Police said two people arrested in connection with the terror attack in Barcelona were linked with an address in Alcanar, where a home exploded on Wednesday
Police said two people arrested in connection with the terror attack in Barcelona were linked with an address in Alcanar, where a home exploded on Wednesday
Police are linking the terror attack in Barcelona to an explosion at a home 125 miles south of the city, which is believed to have been caused by canisters filled with butane
Police are linking the terror attack in Barcelona to an explosion at a home 125 miles south of the city, which is believed to have been caused by canisters filled with butane
Investigators have confirmed that yesterday's explosion is being linked to the terror attack in Barcelona 
Investigators have confirmed that yesterday's explosion is being linked to the terror attack in Barcelona 
Police patrol streets in Las Ramblas after Barcelona terrorist
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There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured as armed police swarm the streets
There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured as armed police swarm the streets
'This led to the arrest of two people directly implicated in this attack. This does not mean that the two people under arrest are those who carried out the attack in Barcelona - but they are connected to the attack. 
'Neither of them was the person driving the van. Neither of them has any convictions for terrorism. One is from Melilla (a Spanish enclave in north Africa) and the other is Moroccan.
'One person was arrested in Alcanar and the other, a Moroccan, in Ripoll.'
Mr Trapero confirmed one person was shot dead as a car attempted to break through a police cordon, leaving an officer with a broken leg.
But he said: 'He is a Spanish national and at the moment we have no indication he is linked to these other people.'
Three Germans were among those killed, Spanish media reported. There were also Greek and Belgian nationals among the dead.
It remains unclear how many attackers were involved in the massacre, which is being treated by police as an act of terrorism.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has confirmed that one of the victims was from Belgium.
The president of Spain's Catalonia region says police have arrested two people following the van attack, which happened in Barcelona's bustling Las Ramblas district.
In a brief news conference this evening Carles Puigdemont said 12 people are confirmed dead and at least 80 have been hospitalised after the van drove onto a sidewalk and swerved through a busy pedestrian area.
The region's interior minister had earlier tweeted that 13 people had died in the attack.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says a moment of silence will be held in the city's main square at noon Friday 'to show that we are not scared and we are more united that ever'.
Police have confirmed that at least 84 people are hurt, with Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn saying it is 'very possible' that the number of dead will rise because of the 'very serious' wounds to victims.
The civil guard has said the van used in the attack was rented in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, which is around 15 miles by road from the scene of the killings
A second van was found parked in the town of Vic, which is around 50 miles north of Barcelona. Police believe it was meant to be used as a getaway vehicle.
There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and dozens have been injured as armed police swarm the streets
Police are said to have now found a second transit van hired at the same time as the vehicle used in the attack.
It was found parked in the town of Vic some 50 miles north of Barcelona and officers believe that a second person involved in the attack used it to get away from the Catalan capital.
Spanish media had also reported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in downtown Barcelona and reported gunfire in the area but police later dismissed those reports.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing people running away and screaming after the terror attack happened. 
A witness called Angel said he had seen the attacker close up and described him as 'a young man, maximum 25 years old, chestnut brown hair and skinny.'

BRITISH ACTRESS 'WAS FORCED TO HIDE IN FREEZER' 

Laila Roussa dramatically live tweeter her experience as the horrifying attack unfolded in Barcelona
Laila Roussa dramatically live tweeter her experience as the horrifying attack unfolded in Barcelona
Actress Laila Rouass has dramatically live tweeted her experience ‘hiding in a restaurant freezer' after being caught up in the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona.
The wife of snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, 46, took to Twitter amid the brutal terror attack which is believed to have claimed the lives of 13 people and wounded 100 others.
Tweeting directly in the middle of the attack, the former Holby City star said: 'In the middle of the attack. Hiding in a restaurant freezer. Happened so fast. Praying for the safety of everyone here x.'
And in a later tweet, the star, from Stepney in London, posted: 'Gunshots just heard. Armed police running down the street looking for someone.'
In a series of further tweets she added: 'The whole of Las Ramblas and surrounding roads in lock down with armed police everywhere,' and 'hearing one person has been shot.'
Friend of Mrs Rouass and fellow actor Douglas Henshall tweeted a message of support to the former Holby City star.
Others described him as about 5ft 6in tall and wearing a blue and white striped top.
Another witness, Isaac, said: 'The person was accelerating. He mounted the pavement to run people over. We saw the van passing by running people over at 50 miles an hour. It was as if it was driving through a field of corn.'
A taxi driver told Catalan TV station TV3: 'The van was doing zigzags knocking over everyone he could. It was shocking.'
Steve Garrett was in a nearby market and sheltered in a bakery with several others after streams of people ran inside.
One member of the group, who took refuge with him, said she had heard gunshots after the incident. 
Mr Garrett told the BBC: 'A very large number of people ran into the market area in a big kind of way, lots of screaming, lots of shouting.
'The security guards immediately responded. We ran into the bakery with four or five other people and ran straight upstairs and hunkered down whilst an enormous wave of people went through the market.
'Obviously coming from England it was reminding me a great deal of what happened in London, so we were very concerned about what might be going on next.
'The lady that was with us said she heard some gunshots.'
Mr Garrett said a 'second wave' of people then entered the market, followed by armed police.
He said: 'They seemed to sweep through the market area. They seemed to be looking for someone. They were going very carefully, very cautiously, stall to stall.' 
Police were reported to have found a Spanish passport inside the van.
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, Barcelona's busiest tourist area
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, Barcelona's busiest tourist area
Eyewitnesses said swarms of people were running for their lives with one woman desperately screaming out for her child. The van can be seen with a crumpled bonnet as people lie motionless on the pavement
Eyewitnesses said swarms of people were running for their lives with one woman desperately screaming out for her child. The van can be seen with a crumpled bonnet as people lie motionless on the pavement
Footage had emerged of heavily armed police swarming the area, searching for the attackers. Witnesses said the area was swamped with terror cops and plain clothed officers ‘within 30 seconds’ 
Footage had emerged of heavily armed police swarming the area, searching for the attackers. Witnesses said the area was swamped with terror cops and plain clothed officers 'within 30 seconds' 
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said he is in contact with all emergency services and stressed the priority is to help the injured.
Armed police were also seen rushing into the area while emergency services asked to close Metro and train stations in the city.
One witness told Sky News: 'It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical... first of all they said someone had been shot.
'All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode.'
She added: 'We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly... there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly.' 
Another said: 'We were just told to run, it must have been quite close because... there was an immediate stampede to run away. We were just a minute away from it.'
The local police force was said to be evacuating the area including the nearby main square the Plaza de Catalunya.
El Periodico said the CIA had warned local police two months ago that La Rambla could be the scene of a terrorist attack.
'Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries,' a statement from Catalan police said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain 'stands with Spain against terror' in response to the tragic news.
She added: 'My thoughts are with the victims of the terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror.'
US President Donald Trump condemned the attack and promised to do 'whatever is necessary to help' the Spanish.
As news of the atrocity was breaking, US First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: 'Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona'.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted: 'My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.'
Mr Khan added: 'London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.'
The United States offered its assistance to Spain, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson adding that consular assistance was being provided to Americans in the city. He also urged US nationals to check in with their families.
'Terrorists around the world should know - the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice,' Tillerson told a press conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and their Japanese counterparts. 
A woman lies injured on the pavement as paramedics offer treatment just moments after the van ploughed into pedestrians on Thursday 
A woman lies injured on the pavement as paramedics offer treatment just moments after the van ploughed into pedestrians on Thursday 
Police have confirmed that at least 100 people are injured, with Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn saying it is 'very possible' that the number of dead will rise
Police have confirmed that at least 100 people are injured, with Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn saying it is 'very possible' that the number of dead will rise
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The attack has claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured
Victims lie in the street after the van attack in Barcelona, which has claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured
Armed police on the streets of Barcelona following Thursday's atrocity, which saw a van plough into crowds of pedestrians in the city's tourist area
Armed police on the streets of Barcelona following Thursday's atrocity, which saw a van plough into crowds of pedestrians in the city's tourist area
Armed policemen arrive in a cordoned-off area after a van ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people yesterday 
Armed policemen arrive in a cordoned-off area after a van ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people yesterday 
Aamer Anwar was walking down Las Ramblas at the time, which he said was 'jam-packed' with tourists.
He told Sky News: 'All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.
'Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.'
Mr Anwar described the scene as 'chaos', with everyone in 'panic mode'.
He added: 'Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back.
'One of the shopkeepers tried to speak to him. He said he saw five or six people seriously injured on the ground, a van had driven into people.
'And literally within probably 30 seconds, police vans, ambulances, police officers with guns, were piling out and we were being sectioned off and then being pushed rapidly back down Ramblas.'
Will Ako, 26, from London, was eating in a restaurant called Taller De Tapas with his family when they heard a disturbance.
He told the Press Association: 'We had just finished eating and were about to leave when we heard a commotion and the patrons in the restaurant rushing from their seats. 
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One of the terrorists ran on foot after carrying out the attack in the centre of Barcelona, which is typically packed with tourists 
One of the terrorists ran on foot after carrying out the attack in the centre of Barcelona, which is typically packed with tourists 
People gather round a victim after the van drove into a crowd in Barcelona 
People flee after the van drove into crowds in centre of Barcelona 
People flee after the van drove into crowds in centre of Barcelona which left at least 13 people dead and more than 100 injured
The scene in Barcelona on Thursday as emergency services rush to help after Barcelona was attacked by suspected terrorists
The scene in Barcelona on Thursday as emergency services rush to help after Barcelona was attacked by suspected terrorists
Injured people are treated at the scene in Las Ramblas, Barcelona after the horrific attack. Right: People trapped in a shop under police guard
'I then saw people running to the east of the restaurant and I saw a couple of people about 30 yards down the road crouching around what looked like someone on the ground and they were calling for assistance.
'Within a couple of minutes, police started to arrive and they were running west of the restaurant and some were telling us to stay inside.
'Soon after, loads of cars, bikes and ambulances arrived and then the armed police.'
He said he was in the restaurant with around 40 people, adding: 'We're not sure what's happening.'
Tom Gueller, who lives on an adjoining road, was forced to flee the scene when he saw the van hurtling through the crowds.
He told BBC's PM: 'I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that.
'I ran away, I mean I live near, I had to run back about 50 metres or so and go up to my flat and obviously see what's happening on the road from my balcony.'
Asked about the van, he said: 'It wasn't slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas.'
Mr Gueller said many of the shops had pulled their shutters down and armed police were positioned on street corners, with cordons in place on the road.
Tourist Mel Higgins told Sky News she was barricaded into a shop with her daughters at the time of the incident.
A man sits on the pavement with his head in his hands after the tragic attack, now being treated as a terrorist incident
A man sits on the pavement with his head in his hands after the tragic attack, now being treated as a terrorist incident
People taking refuge in a shop near Las Ramblas in Barcelona after fleeing the busy promenade after the attack on Thursday 
People taking refuge in a shop near Las Ramblas in Barcelona after fleeing the busy promenade after the attack on Thursday 
People are guided out of a fast food restaurant by police after the attack in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon 
People are guided out of a fast food restaurant by police after the attack in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon 
Hundreds of people can be seen in Barcelona city centre after the horrifying incident 
Hundreds of people can be seen in Barcelona city centre after the horrifying incident 
She said: 'I was with my two daughters and we were walking down the Passeig de Gracia, which is sort of parallel and one up from Las Ramblas, when suddenly people just started running towards us, screaming and shouting: 'Run! Run! Run!'.
'So I grabbed the two girls and there was an Orange phone shop was open and we ran inside and they locked the doors of the phone shop, and we just all waited there for I suppose about 20 minutes. 
'And then it seemed very calm out on the street. And obviously the people working in Orange were in touch with the police and the police said just stay there for now.
'Then about 20 minutes later, they said we could leave and we were just about to leave when people started running again, and screaming, and they said: 'Everyone back in!'.'
Thomas Riley, a civil servant from London, 22, had just left Catalunya station 300 feet from Las Ramblas with his father and brother when he heard 'shouting and crying'.
The trio were directed back into the Metro station and locked in by police, before being ordered to take the first train.
He told MailOnline: 'There was lots of commotion, shouting, and people crying. I was very frightened because no one would speak English to me.
'The emergency services and officials acted very swiftly and we were directed back down onto the metro station and locked there for a while.
'I still had no idea what had happened by this point. An empty train arrived at a platform and we were all told to get on it quickly!
'Once the station was empty, we were taken out of the area a few stops picking people up en route.'
Mr Riley said the terrified passengers were directed by police to the seafront, where they were asked to 'hide' due to reports of gunmen on the loose.
He said: 'Lots of people on the tube were in tears. Once I got above ground, the streets were cut off by police everywhere.
'There was lots of confusion and people checking phones. The police told us to stay calm and hide due to reports of gunmen.
'Eventually, we were directed to the sea front by officials and I was asked if I had information by the police.'
Authorities in the area have warned people to stay away from the area.
The incident has taken place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe's top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.