Row over bell-ringing homage to Madrid victims
4 March 2005, MADRID - Despite protests from victims' families, Madrid will go ahead with its plan to sound the bells of 650 churches to mark the precise moment when Spain's worst terrorist attack took place.
4 March 2005
MADRID - Despite protests from victims' families, Madrid will go ahead with its plan to sound the bells of 650 churches to mark the precise moment when Spain's worst terrorist attack took place.
The Association of 11 March - the date when 192 people and more than 1,500 people were injured in the commuter train bombings – has protested against the plan.
They said they were not consulted over the plan to mark the first anniversary of the attacks carried out by Islamic extremists.
But Madrid's regional government said the bell-ringing was designed to pay homage to the victims and show hope.
At the same time, a spokesman said the authority respected the opinion of the relatives.
He said they would go ahead with the plan, adding that Pilar Manjon, head of the Association of the 11 March, had not come to the regional government to protest against the plan.
But one relative said: "We know perfectly well when those bombs went off. We have to live with it every day."
The bells are to be rung at 7.37am on Friday 11 March, exactly a year after the bombs went off.
Manjon said many relatives had asked if the bell-ringing was necessary for "five long minutes".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news