27 May, 2020 @ 10:40
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Spain begins longest official national mourning in its democracy after almost 30,000 lose lives to coronavirus


SPAIN is now in an official period of mourning for the more than 28,700 people killed by COVID-19.

The tribute to those who died in the pandemic will last 10 days, until 00:00 on June 6, the longest official mourning in Spain’s democratic history.

At the end of the de-escalation there will be a state funeral presided over by King Felipe VI.

In his weekly appearance from the Moncloa Palace, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Those who died in this epidemic deserve our lasting memory.

“They deserve even greater homage: our coexistence and societal harmony.

“Together we must live in the same country they built. Spain owes it to them.”

The Moncloa has called for a minute’s silence this Wednesday at 12 noon in memory of the victims of the virus.

There is no specific legislation in Spain, as there is in the UK or France, which regulates an official mourning.

On a national level, it is the Government, through the Council of Ministers, which decides on mourning and its duration, with the approval of the Head of State. The decision is published in the BOE (Official State Bulletin).

It implies that the flags of the 14,184 public buildings and all the ships of the Armada (almost 140 between ships and frigates) will fly at half-mast.

Additionally, there are no state celebrations.

Last official mournings at national level:

  • Death of Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba: (May 10, 2019) 28 hours.
  • Jihadist attacks in Barcelona: (August 18, 2017) Three days of mourning.
  • Death of former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez: (March 24, 2014) Three days of mourning.
  • Death of former Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo: (May 4, 2008) Three days of mourning.
  • Barajas – Spanair air accident: (August 20, 2008) 154 dead. Three days of mourning.
  • Terrorist Attack 11M: (March 11, 2004) 191 dead. Three days of mourning.
  • Death of Doña María de las Mercedes de Orleans (mother of King Juan Carlos): (4 January 2000). Seven days of mourning.

Cristina Hodgson

Half English, half Spanish animal person. Cristina loves writing about all things fitness, travel and culture, she is also a script writer and novelist. When she's not typing away, you can find her enjoying outdoor sports somewhere off the beaten track in Andalucia. If you have a story get in touch! [email protected]

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