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Mallorca In Mourning


Mallorca is in mourning after Thursday’s car bomb attack in Palmanova resulting in the death of two young Guardia Civil agents. Three days of mourning were declared last Thursday for the island of Mallorca after the onslaught. Five minutes of silence were observed yesterday in Palma, throughout Mallorca, and all over Spain in homage to the murdered victims.

The Basque separatist group ETA is blamed by the Spanish government and other officials for the Mallorca bombing as well as another terror attack in Burgos earlier this week, but ETA has not claimed responsibility for either of these attacks as they usually would.

Whilst Mallorca and the whole of Spain are on high alert with concern for further terrorist attacks, a funeral ceremony was held yesterday in Palma’s La Seu cathedral. King Juan Carlos I and Reina Sofía were not present (they are on an official visit to the island of Madeira), but the Príncipes de Asturias (crown prince Felipe and his wife Letizia) were in attendance, as were the Duques de Palma de Mallorca (Infanta Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín), and Infanta Elena. Also present were the Presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy, the President del Govern Balear, Francesc Antich, and the Presidenta del Consell de Mallorca, Francina Armengol.

Zapatero posthumously awarded the two victims with the Cruz de Oro al Mérito de la Guardia Civil, whilst Antich bestowed Medallas de Oro de Baleares upon the dead Guardia Civil agents, the highest honour known in contemporary Mallorca.

Yesterday afternoon thousands of citizens assembled at the scene of the bomb explosion in Palmanova to protest against the terror attacks; some protesters even called for the death penalty to be reintroduced in Spain.


The photos were borrowed from the Internet. Thanks are due to the online editions of dbalears and elmundo/Alberto Vera. Muchas gracias.

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