By John Smith • 18 August 2017 • 16:34
Remembering those who died and were injured
THE people of Gibraltar stood side by side with Catalonia in the wake of yesterday’s attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils.
As news emerged of the tragic events, the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo sent messages of solidarity and support to the victims, their families and to the City of Barcelona.
Earlier today the Chief Minister wrote to the President of the Catalan Regional Government, Carles Puigdemont, to the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and to the Spanish Minister of the interior, Juan Zoido, in order to convey the heartfelt condolences of the People of Gibraltar.
At midday Gibraltar stood shoulder to shoulder with Catalonia in observing a one minute silence as a mark of remembrance and of respect for the victims.
As a mark of respect and of defiance, the flags have been lowered on public buildings and the lights on national monuments, the Moorish Castle and the North Face of the Rock, will be switched off in mourning.
The minute’s silence was led by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, Acting Governor Nick Pyle and Colonel Frank Green, the chief of staff at HQ British Forces Gibraltar.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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