Quiet day of reflection on massacre anniversary

10th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 March 2006, MADRID — A concert by the London Symphony Orchestra was to lead ceremonies to mark the second anniversary of the Madrid bombings and also to remember victims of the London attacks.

10 March 2006

MADRID — A concert by the London Symphony Orchestra was to lead ceremonies to mark the second anniversary of the Madrid bombings and also to remember victims of the London attacks.

The classical concert in Madrid was due to take place on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks on 11 March 2004, in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured.

A total of 56 people were killed in rush-hour train bombings by Islamic extremists in London on 7 July.

Victims or relatives from the London blasts are to attend the Madrid commemorations.

On the second anniversary, victims' groups have asked for a day of quiet reflection, rather than formal ceremonies.

But the day is being marked throughout the Spanish capital on Saturday.

A floral tribute will go on display at the Puerta de Sol  and the Bosque del Recuerdo in the parque Retiro.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to lead politicians and other leading members of society at the ceremony in the parque Retiro.

Earlier, a laurel was to be placed in memory of the professionalism of those – from doctors to police officers - who worked during Spain's worst terrorist attack.

The Association of the Victims of Terrorism and the Victims of 11 March are to join this ceremony.

The Moroccan government is to take part in a ceremony at Atocha station at the exact time the rush-hour bombs went off.

Muslim associations are to take part in a multi-faith ceremony.

And further tributes to the victims will take place in the stations at Santa Eugenia and El Pozo, where train bombs exploded.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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