30th anniversary of the Hipercor bombing

Barcelona remembers the victims of the terrorist attack at Hipercor​

An institutional act was held at the Can Dragó sports park on 17 June to remember the victims of the Hipercor bombing. 

As from December, the Fabra i Coats art factory will be offering an exhibition.

It’s 30 years since the bombing rocked the city. Calls for respecting and remembering the victims and their families were at the centre of the programme of events commemorating the attack. 

 

​This year marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the Hipercor supermarket by ETA’s Barcelona cell and a series of initiatives have been prepared in memory of the victims. The central idea behind these commemorative events is that the attack had been against all the city’s residents, hence the official city event held in memory of the victims and their families. 

The involvement of practically all the family members of the victims in the commemoration highlighted the emotions and feelings of those affected by the attack and its consequences at first-hand. The occasion also provided an opportunity for expressing the city’s support and recognition of the shortcomings of institutions over the years.

A city commemoration

A commemorative event was held at the Can Dragó sports park on 17 June, featuring a piece by the playwright Àngels Aymar, entitled Memorial a les víctimes de l’atemptat d’Hipercor; it consists of an evocation, accompaniment and tribute to the victims, aimed at encouraging citizens to identify with these victims. A plaque was also unveiled at a monument entitled Tall Irregular Progression, a work by the North American artist Sol Le Witt paying homage to the 21 people who died in the attack, and an information stand on the bombing inaugurated opposite the supermarket in Av. Meridiana.

As from December, the Fabra i Coats art factory will be offering an exhibition curated by the journalist Francesc Valls. The exhibition aims to outline the political and social context for the attack, as well as conveying the emptiness and lack of support experienced by the victims and their families over the last thirty years.

Institutional declaration

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Hipercor bomb attack, Barcelona City Council approved the following institutional declaration:

  • Barcelona conveys its condolences and support for the victims of the Hipercor bombing, citizens who lost loved ones, those who were injured and everyone suffering to this day the consequences of an unjustifiable attack.
  • Barcelona, on the 30th anniversary of the attack, recognises it as a painful part of the city’s collective memory and one which therefore needs to be remembered.
  • The memory of the Hipercor attack should help strengthen Barcelona’s will to be a city which promotes peace and stands up for democratic values and dialogue.
  • Barcelona pledges to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hipercor attack appropriately. To this end, an official memorial act will be held and an exhibition will be organised looking at the facts surrounding the attack so that the public, particularly younger generations, do not forget.

The declaration was supported by the municipal government (BComú and the PSC), PDeCat, Ciutadans, ERC, the PP and the independent councillor, Gerard Ardanuy.

Barcelona remembers the victims of the terrorist attack at Hipercor​

An institutional act was held at the Can Dragó sports park on 17 June to remember the victims of the Hipercor bombing. 

As from December, the Fabra i Coats art factory will be offering an exhibition.

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