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March 11th, 2004 – Da Pacem Domine


March 11th, 2004, four years ago today, saw the deadliest terrorist attack that Spain has seen in peacetimes, ever.

14 bombs had been placed on four suburban trains, heading for Madrid’s Atocha railway station. Ten bombs exploded. 191 commuters lost their lives, 1,841 more victims were wounded. It was a nightmare of Dantean proportions.

Today, everyone in Spain (including Mallorca), nationals and foreign residents, will stop in their ways and think of those affected souls, or so one would hope. An act of remembrance will be celebrated in Madrid in the presence of King Juan Carlos I. ‘Da Pacem Domine’ by Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, will be played after a minute of silence in honour of the victims.

The photo was chosen from my archives. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 14th, 2007. The time was 10:36:17.

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