Spain has inaugurated a memorial to the victims of the country’s worst ever terrorist attack – the train bombings of March 11th 2004 – on the third anniversary of the atrocity. The Prime Minister, senior government figures and Madrid’s city leaders joined King Juan Carlos at the structure, built next to Atocha station, the worst hit of all the targets that day. The King was the first to lay a wreath at the monument to the 191 people who died when ten bombs were detonated on four trains at the morning rush hour.
Built of translucent glass bricks, intended to throw light on the victims’ memory, the tower is 11-metres high, an echo of the date of the attack. As a cellist played what has become an anthem for the victims of the bombings, the dignitaries, officials and relatives marked a three minute silence.
Among the remembrance, a flash of anger, as a demonstrator called for ministers in office at the time to face investigation, for claiming in the immediate aftermath, that the blasts were the work of the Basque separatists ETA, and not Islamist extremists. And then, time for the families of those who died to add their tributes.