ETA´s "Cruelty" Slammed After Assassination

VALENCIA, Spain, MAY 7, 2001 ( Valencia´s archbishop condemned Sunday´s terrorist killing of a political leader, lamenting that “the cruelty of ETA has reached the extreme of murdering the father of a family before the eyes of his own son.”

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The Basque separatist group shot and killed Manuel Giménez Abad, president of the Popular Party of Aragon, as he was going to a game at the Romaeda stadium accompanied by his eldest son. The 52-year-old was shot three times, twice in the head and once in the back.

Archbishop Austín García-Gasco told his archdiocese´s AVAN news service: “That which is darkest and most abominable in the human condition is expressed in the actions of the terrorist band.”

He noted that this murder occurred a week before the Basque autonomous elections, “to inject fear into voters.”

This confirms, the archbishop added, that those elections “are something more than elections: They are a trial of civilization in which, what is at stake, is to be able to put an end to systematic genocide, and the consolidation of the civilization of death.”

The “greatest historical disgrace” that could be generated by the elections would be to lose “the opportunity to do away terror and its advocates through democracy,” the archbishop stressed.

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