By John Smith •
Published: 31 Aug 2021 • 17:54
Floral tributes to the two dead officers
Credit: Calvia Council
ON Monday August 30, Palmanova remembered the murder of Guardia Civil officers by ETA in 2009, the first attack in Mallorca since 1995.
A bomb was placed under a patrol car and the two died as a result of the explosion. A second device was found under another Guardia Civil vehicle at a nearby barracks and was safely exploded by police
Present to pay their respects to the memory of Diego Salváncia Lezaun and Carlos Sádidenz de Tejada were their parents and family alongside a reduced number of guests due to the current pandemic rules concerning the number of people to allowed to mix.
Able to show their respects however were President of the Balearic Islands Government, Francina Armengol; the president of Parliament, Vicenç Thomàss; the delegate of the Balearian Islands Government, Aina Calvo; the president of the Mallorca Council, Catalina Cladera; the spokesperson of the municipal groups of Calvia as well as senior members of the Guardia Civil and Local Police.
During the ceremony, the Mayor of Calvia Alfonso Rodríguez Badal, remembered the two young officers with affection, sadness and pain.
Following the mayor’s comments, there was a minute of silence and a further tribute was paid by the representative of the Guardia Civil.
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