The number of police stations in Spain will be more than doubled during this year as part of security forces reorganisation.
The number of police stations in Spain will be more than doubled during this year as part of security forces reorganisation. This was announced by the Minister of the Interior, Senor Rodolfo Martin Villa at the weekend (Friday night, January 13). He said there would be 234 police stations in Spain by the end of 1978 compared with the present 102. The move follows a gunbattle between terrorists and police in Pamplona last week. Immediately afterwards, Senor Villa had announced that police operations would be toughened in order to root out for ever what he called "this evil" of terrorism.
SYNOPSIS: The gun battle claimed the lives of two Basque separatist guerrillas and one police inspector and occurred during a police raid on a suspected terrorist hideout in Pamplona. Separate funerals were held in the city on Friday (13 January) and scores of mourning colleagues attended the church service for the dead policeman, Inspector Jose Manuel Baena. The dead man, aged 31, left a widow and three children.
As the coffin and mourners left the church, there were shouts of "ETA murderers", "no more amnesties", and "the army to power" from sympathetic crowds outside. Elsewhere at the same time guerrilla supporters held strikes and protest demonstrations.
After the funeral, police colleagues organised a special escort in tribute to Inspector Baena. Around 100 patrol cars massed at the famous Civil War battlesite of Guadalajara northwest of Madrid to escort the coffin into the capital.
The long convoy entered Madrid early on Saturday with flashing lights and wailing sirens. Some 500 policemen later attended a Requiem mass at security headquarters. The inspector's body has been flown to his hometown in the Canary Islands for burial.