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Bilbao society and the victims of terrorism fear that Ayuso will burst the campaign in Bilbao

Jesus Carames

May 18, 2023 | 7:13 p.m.

The PP is behind in the internal polls they conduct, in Madrid they do not have a majority and they only have terrorism to take the votes of the extreme right

The electoral debate becomes critical in Bilbao. The echoes of ETA's past actions have become a bargaining chip in the political race. Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid and a prominent figure of the Popular Party (PP), finds herself in the eye of the hurricane, causing fear in Bilbao society and the victims of terrorism.

The political use of victims

The starting point of this debate is the accusation of the ETA victims against Ayuso of "using them politically." The Madrid president has repeatedly linked EH Bildu with ETA, reiterating that the terrorist group "is alive." These statements have generated a strong controversy, especially after the announcement that 44 former members of ETA would form part of the EH Bildu lists.

Strong messages from the victims

Pablo Romero, the son of an ETA victim, published a tweet addressed to Ayuso: “Dear Ayuso: stop saying barbaric things. Spare me the pain of seeing that ETA is still alive in your mouth." This message was supported by Consuelo Ordóñez, president of Covite and sister of Gregorio Ordóñez, assassinated by ETA in 1995.

Ayuso can use Bilbao to burst the campaign before a possible defeat

Ayuso's position has generated internal tensions in the Popular Party. The insistence on the illegalization of EH Bildu by the Madrid president clashes head-on with the positions adopted by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, president of the PP at the national level. Likewise, the General Prosecutor's Office has affirmed that EH Bildu is a "democratic" party and that its illegalization is not justified.

adversarial allegations

Maria Jauregi Lassa, daughter of an ETA victim, has accused Ayuso of seeking confrontation. In her words, if Ayuso "really" wanted to "respect the memory of the victims", she would be talking about her political projects instead of talking about the terrorist group.

Gorka Landaburu, a survivor of an ETA attack in 2001, has described Ayuso's words as "outrageous". Landaburu has asked Ayuso not to add more pain to the one already caused.

The political environment in Bilbao is red hot. The next elections are drawn as a challenge for reconciliation and respect for the victims of terrorism, in the face of a political scenario marked by controversy and controversy but It is possible that the "ayusers" decide to burst the campaign in Bilbao itself.

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