Most Spaniards do not believe in massacre inquiry

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30 July 2004, MADRID – Most Spaniards do not believe the inquiry into the Madrid massacre will discover what happened, according to a poll published Friday.

30 July 2004

MADRID – Most Spaniards do not believe the inquiry into the Madrid massacre will discover what happened, according to a poll published Friday.

The authoritative Centre for Sociological Investigation found that 58 percent of Spaniards did not believe the inquiry would reveal what actually happened in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in which 191 people died.

The inquiry was set up to establish if the then conservative Popular Party government tried to manipulate public opinion by claiming ETA carried out the attacks.

Critics claim the PP wanted to try to stop a backlash by voters at the general election on 14 March – three days after the bombings-  because of the then government's support for the US-led invasion of Iraq.

It was widely believed the support for the Iraq invasion provoked the attack by Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda. 

The CIS study, which was presented in the Spanish parliament, found one in three Spaniards – or 33 percent – believed the inquiry would discover "most" or "enough" of what happened in the wake the 11 March attacks.

However, the CIS study also found that 53 percent of those polled had "little" or "no" faith in the inquiry to discover the truth about what happened after the attacks.

And 54 percent of those asked said they were losing interest in the inquiry, while 45 percent said they showed "little" or "no" attention to the hearings of the inquiry.

But more than two thirds – or 72 percent - of those questioned said they believed it was worth setting up the inquiry, while 17 percent disagreed.

And 81 percent of those asked said they were aware that the inquiry was underway.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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