Thousands of extreme-Right-wingers demonstrated against the Spanish Government at the funeral in Barcelona on Thursday (26 January) of the former Mayor of Barcelona, Joaquin Viola Sauret and his wife, who were blown up by assassins on Wednesday (25 January).
Thousands of extreme-Right-wingers demonstrated against the Spanish Government at the funeral in Barcelona on Thursday (26 January) of the former Mayor of Barcelona, Joaquin Viola Sauret and his wife, who were blown up by assassins on Wednesday (25 January). While the funeral was taking place. Spanish police were reported to be hunting for three young men and a young woman in connection with the killings.
SYNOPSIS: More than 1,000 people crammed into the church for the funeral of 64-year-old former mayor, who died when & bomb, strapped to his chest, exploded. The blast also killed his wife.
The death of Senor Viola, a prominent Francoist, was almost identical to that of Barcelona industrialist Jose Mariasbulto Marques last May. In both cases the victim was overpowered at gunpoint, a bomb fastened to him and a ransom demanded.
Outside the church, some 4,000 Rightists, waving the Spanish National flag and Falangist banners, chanted "Franco...Franco". Fascist salutes were given as police cordoned off nearby streets, and pushed the demonstrators back.
The Spanish Government was represented at the funeral by the Minister of the Interior, Rodolfo Martin Villa. After the service he had to be rescued by police as the crowd surrounded him, shouting "resign"...." Death to the traitors" and "The Army to power". The Francoist demonstrators also jeered the head of the Catalan autonomous government, Senor Josep Tarradellas. There was applause though for Lieutenant General of the north eastern military region.
Since the double murder, a number of anonymous telephone callers have claimed responsibility on behalf of Maoist, Marxist-Leninist and anarchist organisations. One caller telephoned the Barcelona newspaper Mundo Liario and said the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) was responsible.
A part of the hunt for the killers the Spanish National News Agency CIFRA has reported that security has been tightened along the North Eastern border with France.
In a editorial, the Madrid newspaper El Pais said the political violence was aimed at provoking a reactionary coup.