Spaniards halt festivities to honour tsunami dead

5th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 January 2005, MADRID-Hundreds of thousands of people across Spain stopped for three minutes to remember those who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami.

5 January 2005

MADRID-Hundreds of thousands of people across Spain stopped for three minutes to remember those who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Radio stations, television channels, courts, political meetings and other official gatherings stopped at 11am GMT.

As the country prepared for a national holiday tomorrow to mark Los Reyes de Magos or  Epiphany, many took time out from the planned festivities to think about those who died.

Spaniards joined millions of people across Europe in silence to remember the 150,000 killed by the disaster.

The German stock exchange, in Frankfurt, stopped trading, while cars remained motionless in the streets of Stockholm, Sweden, and mourners stood shoulder to shoulder in Paris.

In the UK, flags flew at half mast on government buildings and at Buckingham Palace.

The royal household also observed the silence, a Palace spokeswoman confirmed.

The three-minute silence was suggested by the Luxembourg EU presidency last week.

The tradition of collective silences had begun with Armistice Day, a year after the end of World War I.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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