Four men on motorcycles hurled an incendiary bomb into the offices of a Spanish Bank in the centre of Paris on Thursday (25 September).
Four men on motorcycles hurled an incendiary bomb into the offices of a Spanish Bank in the centre of Paris on Thursday (25 September). The act was apparently a protest against the death sentences passed on eleven urban guerrillas in Spain.
The ensuing blaze caused considerable damage to the Banco Espagnol offices before firemen could bring the flames under control. Before the bomb attack, the protesters had smashed several of the bank's windows with a hammer.
All four men concerned in the attack escaped.
The bombing came amidst a number of incidents in France directed against Spanish targets. In the southern city of Toulouse, on Wednesday night, ten masked youths set fire to a Spanish cultural centre in the town ... while French port workers decided to boycott all Spanish ships until 3 October as a further protest against the sentences.
Protests against the sentences on the eleven Spanish querrillas have taken place in a number of European countries, including Italy and Portugal.
On Friday, the Spanish Cabinet met in Madrid to consider possible execution dates for six of the eleven condemned. All six -- four men and two pregnant women -- are Basque activists.