Hundreds of thousands rally in Spain against ETA

January 14, 2007 05:16

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through Madrid and other cities to denounce a deadly car bombing by the Basque separatist group ETA that shattered a 9-month cease-fire and snuffed out Spain's best hopes in years to end decades of violence. The rallies on Saturday evening were boycotted by the opposition, conservative Popular Party, illustrating how deeply divided Spain struggles to find common ground even on the issue that polls show is the most worrisome to its citizens. Nationwide figures were not available but the Interior Ministry said the Madrid rally alone drew an estimated 175,000 people.

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