Mallorca shows support for Paris

THE main institutions of the Balearic Islands, led by the regional government, held a minute’s silence to condemn terrorist attacks in Paris.

They expressed their solidarity towards the victims, their relatives and the whole of France.

The President of the Regional Government, Francina Armengol, condemned the attack on her Twitter account and called on residents of the islands and representatives of the institutions to do the same. 

The government said it was on the side of the French to get over an attack against a country which has used freedom of speech and respect for diversity as a means of integration. 

There were also messages condemning the attacks from the Twitter account of Palma city hall. 

The French Consul in Palma, Michel Magnier, has thanked residents of the islands for their solidarity, saying that the French “do not feel alone”. 

Amongst those missing following the attacks on the Bataclan in Paris, is a Venezuelan resident of Palma, Sven Alejandro Silva Perugini. His family has not heard from him since Friday and his friends are attempting to find him using social networking sites. 

Meanwhile, the Balearic Taekwondo team, with nine people aged between 16 and 23, and two monitors, are “trapped” in Paris. There were there to take part in the International Open representing Spain but it was suspended for safety reasons, according to the Balearic Taekwondo Federation. 

They have been unable to change their flights and remain in a hotel because they have been told it is safer than going out. They have all checked in with their families and are in good health. 

Police have increased surveillance at Palma Airport, the port and large shopping areas, as Spain remains at level four for risk of terrorist attacks. National and Local Police, Guardia Civil and the Army have all been told to increase precautions with more checks. According to a report in local Spanish daily Diario de Mallorca, there will be surveillance surrounding gas tanks and electrical stations. 

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