Support and sympathy has been pouring in from throughout Spain – and of course more widely – following last night’s suicide bomber who detonated himself as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena. Many of the so far confirmed 22 dead were teenagers and children.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy condemned the attack, and expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims and his wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. Foreign Office minister Alfonso Dastis said he was shocked by the terrible attack, and expressed his solidarity with the victims and the British people, and his complete support of the British Government. The recently re-elected leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE), Pedro Sanchez, said that he was stunned by the attack in Manchester, and expressed his sympathy for the victims and their families. He called for unity to try to put an end to extremism.
Here in the Canaries, regional Government President Fernando Clavijo expressed his concern and shock at the attack, and the Canaries’ solidarity with the families of the victims and the injured. In Tenerife, the Cabildo will hold a minute’s silence at 10.15am at the Cabildo in Santa Cruz as a gesture of mourning for the attack, and Arona mayor José Julián Mena expressed all solidarity with the United Kingdom and Arona’s support for the families of the victims of last night’s attack: the Ayuntamiento will also be holding a minute’s silence at 12 noon outside the Town Hall in Arona. Adeje too is holding a minute’s silence outside the Ayuntamiento at 11am.
No doubt expressions of support will continue coming in throughout the day, but Donald Trump has already mentioned the attack in a scheduled press conference in Bethlehem, Palestine, during his tour of the Middle East. For once, President Trump might have sounded more in tune with people’s feelings than the more usual measured political statements. He said “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that name. These are evil losers, there’ll be more of them, but they are losers, remember that”.
Many are tragically still missing, and the British Embassy in Madrid says that emergency numbers are available on +44 161 856 9400 and +44(0)7801371704 for anyone concerned about loved ones who were at the Manchester Arena or in the area.