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Bologna bomb victims still demanding answers

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Bologna bomb victims still demanding answers


30 years after Italy’s worst peacetime bomb attack, victims groups are still demanding answers.

On August 2, 1980, 85 people were killed and more than 200 injured when suspected neo-fascist militants planted a bomb in Bologna’s main train station.

One woman at the anniversary commemoration said: “That day is still with me. I haven’t forgotten one moment of what happened. I’ve grown up with that being a part of me.”

The victims groups have criticised the government for not sending any ministers to the commemorations.

Paolo Bolognesi, president of a victims’ association said: “Ours has been a long battle against the passing of time, against the silence and the lies, against those who want us to forget.”

Even though a trial took place, which resulted in several convictions, victims groups are calling for the government to open all files on the case. This amid claims of a cover-up over who was really behind the atrocity.

At the station, a clock is permanently stopped at 10:25, the exact time of the explosion.

Some of the damage to the station has also been preserved as a memorial to the attack.

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