Britain 'forgets' the victims of terrorism

27th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2005, MADRID – The managing director of a leading Spanish terrorist victim association has accused Britain of being callous towards those injured in the London bombings.

27 July 2005

MADRID – The managing director of a leading Spanish terrorist victim association has accused Britain of being callous towards those injured in the London bombings.

Fernando Benzo, who heads the Foundation for the Victims of Terrorism (FVT), said: "In England there isn't a culture of helping victims".

He said when the British government drew up its post-7 July policies the last priority was the victims.

"In the centre of London, taxi drivers even doubled their fares, as well as hotels," he told an audience at a summer course at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He contrasted that behaviour to that witnessed after the 11 March bombings in Madrid.

"The first concern was the people affected, and not so much the authors of the crime," he said.

He said the situation was similar in many European countries since there was no international definition of terrorism and therefore no common definition of a victim of terrorism.

"In Spain we are pioneers of the legal system of assistance," he said.

He said a victim of terrorism was clearly defined in Spain for the purposes of legal compensation – and said that was not the case in all countries.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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