The board of directors of the Association of Victims of the 11-M Attacks announced this Thursday in a statement that it will ask the Cristo Rey charter school in Madrid to be able to "testify and talk about [the attacks of] 11-M before the students to whom [Jaime] Mayor Oreja addressed". The reaction of the Association is motivated by the content of the talk that the former Minister of the Interior of the PP Jaime Mayor Oreja gave on December 4 to the students of the religious center. In that talk, held during school hours, he questioned the jihadist authorship of the 11-M attacks, implying that it could have been the terrorist group ETA, now dissolved, or another author interested in interfering in the general elections of March 14, 2004.
The letter made public on Thursday by the association states that "three months before the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the jihadist attacks of March 11, 2004, are these words of Mayor Oreja the starting flag for the lies of some champions of the PP and related media to return to the scene? Does Mayor Oreja know that in the Forest of Remembrance in Madrid's Retiro Park there is a plaque that reads "Monument built as a tribute to the victims of the jihadist terrorist attacks of March 11, 2004 of the Madrid City Council 2022"?"
"There is no doubt that the PP, faced with the 20th anniversary of 11-M, is going to have to opt for one of two options: either it is with the conspiracy lies that they elaborated in their day or it supports what the plaque of the Forest of Remembrance says." "It is because Mayor Oreja does not know if he is interested in the authorship of 11-M," the statement continues, "that we will write to the Management of the Cristo Rey School to let us give the same students to whom Mayor Oreja addressed a talk so that they know our testimony and what happened before, during and after 11-M." The association has announced that they will also speak "with the Commissioner for Victims of Terrorism of the Community of Madrid, Rocío López, so that she intercedes with the Cristo Rey School" and that they can "testify and talk about 11-M to the students to whom Mayor Oreja addressed".
About 300 students in the third and fourth years of ESO and in the first and second years of Baccalaureate at the Cristo Rey charter school in Madrid (between 14 and 17 years old), north of the capital, listened on Monday to a talk during an hour and a half of school hours with the former Minister of the Interior. The event was entitled Building Spain and, in theory, was framed in the run-up to Constitution Day. Mayor Oreja told the students that he is not very happy with the current political situation in Spain, rather indignant. "Spain is in free fall!" he confessed to them eight times. One of them has even been more explicit: "Spain is in free fall, without palliatives, it is not on the edge of the precipice, no, it has already decided to throw itself into the void". He reminded everyone that they have the duty to defend "the nation", "dignity" and, above all, not to be ashamed when talking about the homeland.
The former minister first assured that "the Constitution of 1978 was a historic achievement" and then finished off that "the fact that today Spain is in free fall is not because of the Constitution, it is because of a suicidal plan project that brought together the left, socialists, communists and nationalists, whose captain general is the terrorist organization ETA". Soon after, he criticized the trans law, the euthanasia law, and abortion. And he ended the talk with a response to a student, which is what provoked the reaction of the Association of Victims of the 11-M attacks:
"Look, I think Spain changed essentially in 2004. There was a terrorist attack, I don't know and I'm not interested in who was responsible. Spain changed course. It's like the attack the other day on my friend [Alejo] Vidal Quadras. The aim is to destabilise Spain. Who did it, the Russians, the extreme Catalan left, the extreme right, the right, the Spanish extreme right? The aim is for Sunday's anti-amnesty demonstration to be different. What happened in the 11-M attack? That changed the course of Spain. The attack took place four days before the general elections. If it had been some revenge from the Iraqis, they would have done it to us another day. No, no, the attack took place four days earlier and changed the course of Spain. Terrorist violence has been decisive for Spain. It's a bad statement, but it's true. The clearest fact is 11-M. And there is a decision by a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Christian foundations and of Spain. ETA said it was anti-Franco to put an end to Franco and it wasn't. [...] In the end, how the ministry has changed is the least of it. There is a fundamental crisis and that is what Spain is experiencing."
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