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Mari Mar Blanco asks the mayor of Ermua to intervene in honoring her brother, 25 years after his assassination

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The King, Sánchez and Urkullu will chair this institutional act on Sunday in the city of Biscay


Mari Mar Blanco, President of the Miguel Ángel Blanco Foundation and sister of the former PP council member who was assassinated by ETA in 1997, has written to the Mayor of Ermua, the socialist Juan Carlos Abascal, asking her to allow her to intervene in the ongoing crime in that city of Biscay on July 10, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of ETA’s assassination of his brother.

“I inform you that I have decided to send a copy of this letter to the Presidency of the Government of Spain and the Basque Government so that they can express their support for this simple request. I just want my brother and family to honor his memory,” he says. Mari Mar Blanco in the letter, which Europa Press had access to.

The King, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu will preside over this institutional act in Ermua this Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Miguel Ángel Blanco. This crime shocked Spanish society and sparked the civic movement “Ermua Spirit” with white hands raised in sentiment of massive rejection of terrorism.


In her letter, Mari Mar Blanco formally addresses the Ermua City Council to ask him to speak at Sunday’s ceremony, reminding him that during those years he “never had to chase any loudspeakers” because the party, in which his brother and the Spaniards fought The company itself has offered them “with generous frequency”.

However, at an event as important as this year’s, he feels it is “justified and necessary” to be able to address the audience on behalf of his family and the Miguel Ángel Blanco Foundation. For this reason, he assures that the mayor’s declarations that this year “the aim is to honor all the victims of ETA” are not “convincing” for him.

“Furthermore, no one was offered to speak. In any case, no one can question the fact that on Sunday the terrorist attack that took the life of Miguel Ángel Blanco will be commemorated and which, like never before, has mobilized all of Spanish society to rise to the ‘spirit of Ermua’ and, consequently, the refusal to allowing me to express myself freely during the act and with the same respect that we have always acted with as his family since his assassination is incomprehensible,” the letter added.


Mari Mar Blanco tells the mayor that it’s “impossible to explain” why she doesn’t “give a short speech on the 25th that he dreamed of in his short time as councilman and that his husband is now carrying”.

“For this reason, I ask you, as the organizer of the event, to reconsider this decision,” he affirms, adding that he has sent a copy of this letter to the presidency of the Spanish government and the Basque government. “Hoping that you will take care of her, she receives a warm greeting,” concludes Mari Mar Blanco in the aforementioned letter collected by Europa Press.

Source europapress.es

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