Barcelona pays tribute to the victims of the Hipercor attack
The 21 dead and 45 injured in the ETA car bomb attack were honored on the 30th anniversary of the massacre
“The city will never forget you”
Ada Colau · mayor of Barcelona
At the beginning of the memorial ceremony, Puigdemont was heckled by some of the assistants because of his independence plans. During the short remarks by the authorities in respect to the victims’ families, francoist-era cries of “Arriba España” (Up with Spain) and “coup d’état” were also heard, among others. José Vargas, the president of ACVOT, the victims’ association, demanded silence from the participants, and reminded them that this was not a political event.
During his speech, Vargas pointed out that the quality of a democracy is also reflected in the treatment that victims receive. He pointed out that this was a day of commemoration as well as a reminder to never forget the horror and the cruelty caused by the murderers. He also manifested his disagreement with the fact that some of the supporters of the ETA group responsible for the attack are active today in democratic institutions.
Every year since its installation in 2003, flowers have been laid at the Victims memorial during a remembrance ceremony.
Additional officials who participated in the ceremony Monday were the Basque prime minister, Iñigo Urkullu, the minister of home affairs of the Catalan government, Jordi Jané, the delegate of the Spanish government in Catalonia, Enric Millo, the Spanish health and social services minister, Dolors Montserrat, and representatives of the victims of terrorism association and of different parliamentary and municipality groups.