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Victims’ associations will not attend the tribute in Congress “due to the presence of the heirs of ETA”



Holding a tribute to the victims of terrorism in the Congress of Deputies without the assistance of two of the main associations indicates a lack of consensus and understanding between the Government and the victims.

And that’s what you are going to see next June 27 in the Lower House, that on the occasion of the Day of the Victims of Terrorism, and under the presidency of the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, it will celebrate an act in memory of those affected by terrorism.

Not even Dignity and Justice Association not even Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT) will attend this event, in which there will be representatives of Bildu.

From these two associations they do not see with good eyes that “the institutional arm of ETA” attends the tribute and that the Government of Pedro Sánchez allows “The presence of the heirs of ETA”In addition to carrying out a “depraved policy against the victims of ETA,” they point out.

Yes there will be Bildu

For its part, the Basque separatist left will be represented by its deputy Jon Iñarritu, who attended this ceremony in memory of the victims for the first time in 2019, and repeated in 2020, the year in which Congress decided to maintain this act because it took place shortly after the first state of alarm was lifted. This is the presence of Bildu, one of the reasons why Dignidad y Justicia, an association led by Daniel Portero, has not attended the tribute since 2019. «Despite being an act that we respect, appreciate and admire», They point out. “With terrorists and partners of terrorists in the Government there is nothing to share, much less a photo that harms the victims of terrorism,” he argues.

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The AVT, led by Maite Araluce, remember that, until last year, they had been participating in this act because it was the only one of an institutional nature in which they paid tribute to the entire group they represent. “This respect that we have for all victims of terrorism has always prevailed despite the disagreement and anger generated by the presence of the heirs of the institutional arm of ETA in our institutions,” he argues. However, this time Araluce acknowledges that the Government “has crossed a series of red lines.” The main one, “the political leadership of ETA”, becoming one of Sánchez’s preferred partners, “who has not hesitated to exchange prisoners for support.” But also the end of the policy of dispersal, with its weekly visits by ETA prisoners to the Basque Country, do nothing more than “humiliate the victims.” On June 11, the Ministry of the Interior transferred four ETA prisoners to prisons near the Basque Country, leaving only seven to be relocated.

Although the AVT will not be in the chamber on June 27, it does confirm that it will gather in front of Congress to pay its own tribute to the victims, an act to which the Association for Victims of Terrorism (APAVT) has joined. “We do not believe in tributes carried out by a president of a government that last September showed his solidarity with the Batasuna heir formation for the suicide of an ETA in prison,” they say from the association.

Eleven years of remembrance to the victims

This year, as has been customary in recent years, it will take place in the Plenary Hall and will be attended by members of the Congress and Senate Tables, spokespersons for the different parliamentary groups, members of the Government and other powers of the State and representatives of associations of victims.

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The event has been held every June 27 in Congress since it was promoted eleven years ago by the then president, José Bono, who established it to coincide with the Day of the Victims of Terrorism, agreed at the initiative of the associations. That day in 1960 Begoña Urroz Ibarrola, a 22-month-old girl who was burned to death as a result of an explosive device that the Revolutionary Iberian Liberation Directory (DRIL), a terrorist group that claimed to fight against the Franco and Salazar dictatorship, posted it at the San Sebastián bus station.

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