Terror victims' march fails to drum up major support

26th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2007, Madrid - The efforts of Spain's largest group of victims of terrorism to oppose the Socialist government's counterterrorism policies appear to be running out of steam after around 63,000 people attended a Madrid protest march at the weekend, the second lowest number so far.

26 November 2007

Madrid - The efforts of Spain's largest group of victims of terrorism to oppose the Socialist government's counterterrorism policies appear to be running out of steam after around 63,000 people attended a Madrid protest march at the weekend, the second lowest number so far.

The demonstration on Saturday afternoon was the seventh called by the Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT) since the organization launched its "civic rebellion" against the administration of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero almost two years ago. However, the AVT's campaign has lost much of its impetus.

The government is no longer attempting to launch a peace process in the Basque Country and talk to ETA after the terrorist group called off a ceasefire in June. Meanwhile, ETA's failure to commit attacks and the arrests of many of its members suggest the government's security clampdown is working.

Officially, Saturday's protest therefore took aim at Basque political parties - the communist PCTV and the radical nationalist ANV - which the AVT claims are being covertly controlled by ETA.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ Jorge A. Rodríguez / Miguel Alberola 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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