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Thousands turnout across Spain to reject violence

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Thousands turnout across Spain to reject violence


Thousands on the Spanish island of Majorca held a rally and clapped their hands to show their rejection at what is believed to be the latest attack by the Basque separatists, ETA.

The deaths of two civil guards on Thursday in a car bombing appear to have united many in their anger at the violence – similar rallies have been held across the country. The two officers aged 27 and 28 were buried with full honours in Palma Cathedral. Spain’s Royal family who holiday on Mallorca attended the ceremony offering their support to the bereaved. King Juan Carlos, speaking in Madeira, added his words of support: “With the strongest rejection and condemnation we want to send our deepest condolences to their families, friends and colleagues as well as solidarity with those affected”. Photos of six alleged ETA members have been released. Only one of them is previously known to police as a suspected bomber, Oroitz Gurruchaga is thought to be responsible for urban violence in 2008. The others are all thought to be new recruits As the hunt for the killers goes on, police believe those responsible are still on the island. While it had been assumed that ETA had lost some of its fire power after arrests of several leaders, the fear now is that younger, more radical individuals have replaced them.

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