Asociación de Víctimas del Terrorismo

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Alfonso Sánchez Rodrigo, president of the Association of Victims of Terrorism (2016).

The Association of Victims of Terrorism (Spanish: Asociación de Víctimas del Terrorismo, AVT) is a Spanish association created in 1981 by victims of terrorist attacks. Its members include those injured by ETA, GRAPO, the Provisional Irish Republican Army and Al Qaeda, as well as their families. It does not, however, include victims of extreme right Spanish groups such as GAL (Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación), Warriors of Christ the King and others. Its membership exceeds 6,000.

Its current president is Alfonso Sánchez Rodrigo, a victim of the República Argentina Square bomb attack by ETA in 1985.[1]

During the presidency of Jose Maria Aznar, the AVT advocated political positions criticised as extreme, including conspiracy theories regarding the Madrid train bombings.[2] This led to the creation of other terror victims' associations with less divisive political agendas.

This association promoted a campaign against other Basque nationalist organisations, such as the political party Batasuna, Jarrai or Gestoras pro Amnistía, as well as music groups such as Su Ta Gar that it accuses of supporting Basque terrorism.

11 March 2004 train bombings[edit]

On 11 March 2004, a series of rush hour explosions in several Madrid train stations left 192 dead and some 1,900 wounded.

AVT expressed doubts about the conclusion reached by the Spanish judiciary.[3] Specifically, the AVT asked why no pictures of the alleged perpetrators were found, unlike in the 7 July 2005 London bombings, and why the type of explosives used remains unknown. The association also questioned the relationship between the alleged perpetrators and the National Police Corps of Spain and Guardia Civil.

Related groups[edit]

Other associations of ETA victims include COVITE (Colectivo de Víctimas del Terrorismo / Victims of Terrorism Group), representing victims from the Basque Country itself.

Other victim associations from the 11 March attacks include the Asociación Afectados de Terrorismo, headed by Pilar Manjón.[4] This association does not share the AVT's viewpoints on the attacks.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Un guardia civil sustituye a Ángeles Pedraza al frente de la AVT
  2. ^ Ediciones El País. "Un país demasiado anómalo". EL PAÍS. 
  3. ^ "Queremos saber la verdad" (PDF). Asociación de Víctimas del Terrorismo. December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Mundinteractivos. "La Fiscalía cambia su criterio y apoya que la asociación de Manjón sea acusación en el 11-M". elmundo.es. 

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