The Director of the Association of Victims of the Madrid Train Bombings has spoken of her feelings about the trial of those accused of carrying out the attacks. Pilar Manjon is, herself, the mother of one of those killed in the 2004 attacks.
She has been a highly visible and outspoken critic of many aspects of the investigation, including the previous government of Jose Maria Aznar, which fell as a direct result of the bombings.
“My legs are trembling,” she said. “I have butterflies in my stomach. At last, I will come face to face with the people who destroyed my life. We are the victims. They are butchers.”
Pilar Manjon has said that she places the blame for the selection of Madrid as an Al Quaeda target on Spain’s involvement in the Iraq war.
She has also said that no more images of the bombings should be broadcast.