Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento
Updated 6 June: Adeje communications officer Clio O’Flynn says that there was a palpable air of solidarity at the minute’s silence this morning and the mayor was delighted to see British residents taking part.
The mayor himself met the British who were there, and said that there was “no justification for violence and we are demonstrating our utter rejection of these attacks as well as standing shoulder to shoulder with the victims, their families and the people of London”. The mayor particularly wanted the following message released in English as well as Spanish:
Nuestra solidaridad con las familias de las víctimas de los atentados en Londres y con toda la comunidad britanica, especialmente la que reside en Adeje. Debemos ser más contundentes en las políticas antiterroristas para poder proteger a las personas. Sólo con una gran alianza trabajando conjuntamente podremos conseguirlo.
I would like to express my solidarity with the families of the victims of the London attacks, and with all members of the British community, especially those who live in Adeje. We need to become more forceful in the politics of anti-terrorism to allow us to protect people. Only through a grand alliance, working together, can we achieve this.
As Clio herself said, when you live abroad, it’s good to know that the local powers have your back! This is one mayor who never leaves anyone in any doubt that he has their back!
5 June: The British Government has announced that a minute’s silence will be held at 11am tomorrow morning, 6 June, throughout the UK as a gesture of solidarity of the whole of the country in the face of the third terror attack on the UK in recent weeks. And as a gesture of solidarity with the UK, Adeje Ayuntamiento too will be holding a minute’s silence at 11am tomorrow on the steps of Adeje Town Hall (near the top of Calle Grande).
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that the timing was chosen to coincide with the UK’s observation of the minute’s silence “to demonstrate our total rejection of these attacks and to show the solidarity of the people of Adeje with the victims, their families and all the people of London”. Other organizations and institutions have already held their own minute’s silence, but, symbolically, Adeje doing it at the same time as the UK is significant. Those who would like to attend will be welcomed with open arms.
Original post 4 June: It was less than a fortnight ago that Spanish leaders were expressing their sympathy and solidarity after the terror attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, and sadly it is starting to be repeated today after last night’s terror attack on London Bridge, Borough Market and Vauxhall. The King of Spain, Felipe VI, has led the outrage, saying that the British people will overcome this senseless barbarity, and that Spain is united today with the United Kingdom both in its pain and its constant defence of liberty.
The National Police has also expressed its support for victims of the attack and their families, and has given these numbers for Spanish people who might have concerns about friends or family in London: +447712764151, +447938633876; +447582314487. Police here say that the terror alert remains on Severe and will not be raised to Critical. The British Embassy in Madrid has given +44 207 15 80 197 to call for those concerned about friends and relatives in London.