Three months on, crowds pay tribute at Atocha

11th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

11 June 2004, MADRID – Exactly three months after the 11 March bombings, Atocha station was filled with people Friday paying tribute to the victims.

11 June 2004

MADRID – Exactly three months after the 11 March bombings, Atocha station was filled with people Friday paying tribute to the victims.

Atocha was the scene of one of the four bombings that killed 192 people and left more than 1,500 injured.

The station has become a symbol for Spaniards of the tragedy.

It was filled with people leaving messages for those that died or were injured three months after the bombings.

Eduardo, one of the victims who was travelling on a train which blew up in the Pozo station in Madrid, returned Friday for the first time to Atocha.

He told EFE news agency that he still does not feel like taking a train.

He said he is receiving psychological help and said he realised that he will get over this trauma "little by little".

Eduardo also said when he arrived at Atocha Friday he was in a cold sweat.

Another man, from Majorca, said he had simply come to pay homage to victims and to "peace".

Another woman, who regularly took the train to Atocha station, said: "The message is that we are always with them in the fight (against terrorism) and in sentiment."
 
The candles and written messages which had littered the ground in Atocha were replaced this week by a video screen which people can use to leave messages and read those of others.

The move came after station workers complained that the sight of the improvised tribute was too upsetting.

Nine people, who were injured in the attacks, are still in hospital.

Five of these are in a "serious" condition.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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