King pays homage to Madrid victims
27 July 2004, MADRID – Spain's King Juan Carlos paid homage to the victims of the Madrid terrorist massacre Tuesday by awarding medals to those who died.
27 July 2004
MADRID – Spain's King Juan Carlos paid homage to the victims of the Madrid terrorist massacre Tuesday by awarding medals to those who died.
The King said: "Spain has a permanent debt to the victims of terrorism."
At a ceremony in Madrid, he added that Spain "needed to show solidarity to the relatives and the friends of these victims and to their needs and desires".
The Royal family presented gold medals of honour to the victims, who were represented by their relatives at the Palacio de El Pardo in the capital.
Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and leaders of all political parties were present.
In his speech, the King asked for "unity and solidarity to end the "abominable objectives" of the terrorists.
He added that Spain needed to "pursue and punish the guilty, to finish with the mafia gangs and to tend to the victims and their relatives".
In the emotionally-charged ceremony, Queen Sofia openly wept.
After the medal ceremony, the Royal family comforted relatives of the victims.
Zapatero said that the ceremony was a proof of recognition from society to the victims of the attacks.
He added that the government would do "all in its power to recognise those who died".
The bomb attacks on four commuter trains in the rush-hour on 11 March killed 191 people and injured more than 1,500.
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Subject: Spanish news