Saturday, July 09, 2005

Europe shows respect for London victims

Minute’s silence as Gibraltar - UK - Spain start talks in Faro • Mass in Gibraltar today, Spain relives M11

Just ahead of sitting down to formal talks at the Sheraton Hotel in Faro the representatives of Gibraltar, Britain and Spain took up the proposal by Chief Minister Peter Caruana that they observe a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the London bombings.

He was meeting with Dominick Chilcott of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Jose Pons of the Spanish Foreign Ministry (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores MAE).

The outcome of talks is not expected to emerge until later today when a press conference is being held.

Meanwhile a special mass for the victims of the London attacks is being held today at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned at 12.25pm. All the priests will be concelebrating the mass at the Cathedral.

Flags in Gibraltar were yesterday flying at half mast and a minute’s silence was also observed at the Trafalgar Band concert on Thursday evening.

Throughout Europe officials and the public paid tribute to those who had lost their lives or are now suffering.

In the Campo de Gibraltar officials and public sector workers held five minute’s silence out of respect to the victims of the bombings. They held banners calling for an end to violence and the promotion of peace and liberty.

In a further show of solidarity, thousands of Madrid workers stood outside office buildings and factories to observe a 5-minute silence for the victims of Thursday’s attack at midday Spanish time.

The Spanish government also observed the silence. A group of shirt-sleeved office workers gathered in bright sunshine outside an office tower in one of the city’s main financial districts to express their solidarity with Londoners. Among them was Daniel Velasco, who said Thursday’s events in London brought back memories of the Madrid attacks. But he said fears of more bombs had not stopped him from taking the metro into work.

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