Crime & Justice

Spain PM presides over destruction of weapons seized from terror groups

Valdemoro (Madrid), Spain, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday presided over the symbolic destruction of nearly 1,400 firearms seized from terror organizations, the majority from the now defunct Basque separatist group Eta.

Sánchez said the act at a Civil Guard police base south of the capital Madrid was symbolic of Eta’s defeat.

“We cannot change the past, but we do have the ability, and the obligation, to repair it. To repair the pain and restore the commitment to the freedom and hope of Spanish democracy,” he added.

During the ceremony, Sánchez watched on as a bulldozer flattened the 1,377 firearms which, ranging from pistols and revolvers to assault rifles, had been laid out on the tarmac in columns.

Most were seized from Eta cells in the 1980s and 90s, when the militant group was highly active.

Other weapons had been taken from the obscure leftist group Grapo. Although it has never formally announced its dissolution, Grapo, which stands for the First of October Anti-Fascist Resistance Groups, is thought to have been disbanded around 2007.

Eta announced an end to its armed campaign in 2011 and officially disbanded in 2018.

According to the Spanish interior ministry, Eta was behind the murder of 486 members of the security forces, including the Civil Guard, and 343 civilians.EFE-EPA

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