The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès; the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau; The President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, and the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, have observed a minute of silence on Tuesday in tribute to the victims of the attacks of August 17, 2017 on their fourth anniversary.
The event took place in the Pla de l’Os de La Rambla – at the height of the Memorial – and consisted of a minute of silence accompanied by the music of ‘Cant dels Ocells’ and a floral offering by family members and victims, in line with what was done last year.
Family members of those who died in the attacks have been on the front line, and the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, and the Regional Ministry of Health and the Interior of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon and Joan Ignasi Elena, among others, have also attended.
This Tuesday’s event, organized by the Barcelona City Council, has been of a small format to comply with health recommendations and has lasted for about a quarter of an hour. As in previous editions, political speeches have been dispensed with.
This fourth anniversary was the first after the sentence, which sentenced Mohamed Houli Chemlal to 53 and a half years in prison last May and Driss Oukabir to 46 and a half years in prison for belonging to a terrorist organization, manufacture of explosives and attempted havoc, and others. 8 years to Said Ben Lazza for collaboration with a terrorist organization.
The ruling also recognized 338 people as victims, many of them for the first time, after more than three years in which they had been denied the status of victims. Despite this, this Monday the Unit for Attention and Assessment of People Affected by Terrorism (UAVAT) denounced that, at the moment, only 22% of the compensation has been granted.