FUENGIROLA’S Council has held a minute’s silence to remember the 20th anniversary of the killing of Councillor Miguel Angel Blanco by ETA, as well as all victims of terrorism.
Blanco was a Partido Popular councillor in Ermua, in the north of Spain, when he was kidnapped on July 10 1997. The separatist terrorist organisation gave the Spanish Government 48 hours to transfer all ETA prisoners to jails in the Basque Country, sparking demonstrations all over the Spain. The government did not give in, however, and ETA shot Blanco in the back of the head 50 minutes after the deadline passed before leaving him on the streets of San Sebastian. He died in hospital shortly after.
Fuengirola joined thousands of cities throughout Spain commemorating the date at noon in the town’s Plaza del España. A special church service to remember Blanco and other victims was held in the Carmen del Parque church and a large blue ribbon was hung outside the town hall.
Abel Caballero, President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), explaining the event remembered, “twenty years of a terror, but also twenty years of exemplary and democratic citizen support and gives us the chance to say resoundingly and unanimously ‘we have come so far.’ This civic response was responsible for first isolating and then absolutely defeating ETA.”
He added event was, “a heartfelt and sincere commemoration of Miguel Angel, of all victims and their families and friends, but also, at the same time, a recognition of and homage to Spanish society.”