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Thousands march in Madrid to condemn ETA bombing

Published 14/01/2007

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through Madrid and other cities to condemn a deadly car bombing by the Basque separatist group ETA that shattered a nine-month ceasefire and ended Spain's best hope in years to end decades of violence.

But the rallies were boycotted by the opposition, conservative Popular Party, illustrating how deeply-divided Spain struggles to find common ground even on the issue that polls show is most worrisome to its citizens.

The protesters included many from Ecuador, the native country of the two men killed as they slept in cars in the Madrid airport garage targeted in the blast.

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