José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero spoke out against ETA for the second time in as many days and "instructed the security forces to maintain extreme vigilance and double their commitment to further increase their efforts and protect themselves from these despicable murderers." (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Mariano Rajoy the president of the PP spoke of his continued support for the government in a statement released yesterday, "The unity of democrats against ETA and the determination to use all instruments of the rule of the law to defeat the terrorists is the only way we will see an end to the murderous group". ETA, who were founded 50 years ago today, struck for the first time in the island of Mallorca yesterday killing two young guardias civiles - it is the second attack in 48 hours after a bomb went off in Burgos resulting in several injuries.
The Servicio Catalán de Tráfico (SCT) have predicted that around 475, 000 vehicles will leave Barcelona between Friday and Saturday for the August break, heading mainly for tourist spots on the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada (article in Castilian, El Pais). Josep Pérez Moya, the director of the agency said that these vehicles will be added to the usual traffic from other countries and the return journey on Sunday will have the added congestion problem with the inauguration of the new Espanyol stadium where some 20,000 cars are expected. In addition the SCT have reported that they will be deploying 20 technical information officers and management at the Centro de Información Vial de Cataluña, plus two helicopters, four mobile teams and a total of 1,089 Mossos officers will be working from July 31st to August 2nd.
The Ayuntamiento has begun to remove the plaques that carry Francoist symbols that remain on some houses under the Ley de Memoria Histórica, 2007 (article in Castilian, El Mundo). The collection of 336 plaques that were placed during the Franco regime by the 'ministerio de la Vivienda' began yesterday with the first plate officially withdrawn at number 145 C/. Numancia. The deputy Mayor Carles Martí, Montserrat Sanchez, the councillor of Les Corts and Antoni Sorolla, the Housing delagate were all present. The plaque is to be stored in the Museo de Historia de la Ciudad explained Carles Martí.The cost to remove all the plaques will be around €500,000
Also in the news: The Dalí Foundation in Figueres has invested more than €40 million in the past eighteen years having bought 35 paintings, more than 200 drawings, 39 jewels, 2 sculptures and 50 lithographs (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The money comes mainly from the sale of tickets, copyright and revenues from the museum shop and exhibitions.