Sunday, October 17

“To forgive is for Christians, to forget is for fools,” cry out the victims of the terrorist Parot


Relatives and representatives of both the Basque Government and that of Spain have gathered this Friday in Vitoria in an act in honor of the victims killed by Henri Parot after the Sare citizen network called a march to claim the rights of the prisoner. The event was attended, among others, by the delegate of the Government of Spain in the Basque Country, Denis Itxaso; the Basque Minister for Equality, Justice and Social Policies, Beatriz Artolazabal, and the president of the Memorial for the Victims of Terrorism, Florencio Domínguez. After repudiating the “ethical exaltation” of those who exercised terrorism, they have honored the 39 people killed by Parot by reciting their names and placing a flower in his memory.

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In front of the Memorial this afternoon was María Isabel Franco, whose husband, Colonel José María Martín-Posadillo, was assassinated by Henri Parot, Jacques Esnal and Francisco Múgica Garmendia in 1989. “To forgive is for Christians, but to forget is for fools”, has stressed, annoyed with a summons that he considers “absurd”. “We are not to blame for anything. We have been touched like the one who won the lottery, but bad,” he said, and then asked those who are in prison to “think about the victims they have had.”

The act had been conceived to redress the victims of the terrorist Henri Parot, sentenced to 4,800 years in prison, after the Sare network called a march for their rights in the Gipuzkoan town of Arrasate-Mondragón. Despite the fact that the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country and the National Court had refused to suspend the act because they did not appreciate the crime before it was held, Sare has finally revoked it and intends to replace it with people-by-people acts against “life imprisonment. “of ETA prisoners. “The suspension of the event by the organizers themselves shows that the social and political pressure of organized victims and institutions is an excellent instrument to sow coexistence and avoid hurtful and unjust offenses”, Denis Itxaso congratulated himself, who asked that “the focus “is placed on the victims – for whom it has asked” truth, justice and reparation “- and not on the” perpetrators “. “The right to freedom of expression protects the possibility of claiming his release from prison, but it is deeply humiliating for his victims to elevate to the status of martyr who has 39 murders and 240 wounded people to his credit,” he added.

The Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, Beatriz Artolazabal, has supported those who have suffered the most “the blow of violence” as an illustration of the “way forward.” “Prison policy provides for different mechanisms to achieve the reintegration of prisoners, but it is an individual responsibility to take the steps to achieve it,” he added, although he recalled that they are “unavoidable conditions” for this to be exercised “self-criticism by the damage caused, recognition of the injustice perpetrated and the assumption of the illegitimacy of the violence to achieve political objectives “.

The people who “directly exercised violence and also those who provided political support and social legitimacy” have been appealed by the president of the Vitoria Victims of Terrorism Memorial. In addition to serving the sentences, Florencio Domínguez has demanded that they show “willingness” to reintegrate into society “acknowledging the pain caused.” “A healthy society has the duty to always keep in its memory the murders, kidnappings, threats, extortion, and the wounds caused by hatred and fanaticism against so many innocent people,” he added, after labeling them as “insult” and “affront” the act that was intended to be carried out for the rights of Parot. “Achieving a true coexistence in a society as deeply marked by terrorism as ours will take a long time and this will require will and an enormous ethical and pedagogical commitment,” he added.





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