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Silence across the country to remember the victims

Simon Manley, centre, with Mariano Rajoy, right, at Moncloa on Tuesday.
Simon Manley, centre, with Mariano Rajoy, right, at Moncloa on Tuesday. / Reuters
  • Public institutions around Spain held a minute’s silence to remember the people who lost their lives on Monday night

At midday on Tuesday, public institutions across the country held a minute’s silence for the victims of the attack the night before.

Prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was joined by British ambassador, Simon Manley, to remember the 22 victims, many of whom were children, of the suicide attack. They were accompanied by members of the PM’s team as well as staff at his La Moncloa official residence.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia oversaw a minute’s silence, also attended by deputy prime minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, before the awarding of La Caixa scholarships to help 120 students to study abroad.

MPs, including Albert Rivera, also paused for a moment to remember the casualties at the Puerta de los Leones of the Spanish parliament. They were accompanied by Tim Hemmings, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy.

Around the province

Flags at Malaga city hall were at half mast on Tuesday as local political leaders gathered on the steps, at the same time as their counterparts at the Diputación, to remember those caught up in the tragedy.

Similar scenes happened outside the Central Government building and La Térmica cultural centre in Malaga.

Elsewhere along the Costa del Sol, various ceremonies were held outside town halls to commemorate the dead.

The attack is the most serious terrorist attack committed in the United Kingdom since the attacks on the London transport network on 7 July 2005.