Vitoria awards its Gold Medal to the Victims’ Memorial Centre despite EH Bildu’s rejection

Vitoria awards its Gold Medal to the Victims’ Memorial Centre despite EH Bildu’s rejection
Vitoria awards its Gold Medal to the Victims’ Memorial Centre despite EH Bildu’s rejection

Vitoria awards its Gold Medal to the Victims’ Memorial Centre despite EH Bildu’s rejectionAlex Larretxi

Vitoria City Council will award the city’s Gold Medal to the Memorial Center for Victims of Terrorism with the rejection of EH Bildu, which understands that the center “feeds a partial vision (of violence) and does not collaborate in peace building and democratic coexistence.”

The proposal to distinguish the Memorial Center has been presented by the Mayor of Vitoria, Maider Etxebarria, at the Spokespersons’ Meeting held on Tuesday. At the meeting, the municipal councillor stressed the “very close” link between the centre and the city since its constitution in 2021.

He also stressed that the Memorial works on “the preservation and dissemination of the democratic and ethical values ​​that the victims of terrorism embody, in the construction of the collective memory of the victims and in the work of raising awareness among the entire population to defend freedom and human rights and against terrorism.”

Opposition

The municipal group of EH Bildu has opposed giving this distinction to the Memorial because it understands that the centre “addresses collective memory based on the exclusion of a part of reality”, which is “a problem for coexistence.”

He criticizes in this sense that “during these three years while Victims of March 3 were excludedEvery August, homage was paid to a torturer and Gestapo collaborator such as Melitón Manzanas, a police officer who was murdered by ETA in 1968.

In the opinion of the Basque nationalist coalition, it is necessary to promote projects “that take into account all human rights violations” and that “they protect all the victims”while the Memorial Center “feeds a partial vision” and therefore refuses to be awarded the city’s Gold Medal.

 
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