Sunday, January 14, 2007

AVT Flunks the Test

For a long time I was the lone voice in the desert trying to tell you that the AVT is not more than a front group for the openly Francoist Partido Popular (PP), "cleverly" disguised as an human rights NGO.

Remember when I told you that they had refused to accept the victims of the M-11 attacks because they had placed the guilt of what had happened on Aznar and his crazy obsession with going to war in Iraq?

Well, seems like other bloggers start to see things the same way, mostly after AVT refused to join the demonstration called by an Ecuadorian immigration organization.

Here you have what has to say in a post titled "PP says No! to peace":

Understandable, perhaps, when the demonstration was organised by trade unions… but what possible reason could the Association of Victims of Terrorism have for not attending the march? They are, after all, a nominally apolitical group. In the past, observers have been heavily criticised for suggesting that the AVT has become little more than a grassroots PP activism unit… but it’s all beginning to look a bit more obvious now.

The AVT’s website is dominated by criticism of the Socialist government and a banner which describes the ‘Civic rebellion’ to be ‘unstoppable’. In fact, looking through their site, it’s tough work finding a single example of what the AVT actually does to help victims of terrorism. I’ve been told that even if the AVT has strayed from its original aims, it was founded in good faith. I find this difficult to believe. The whole movement is based on a simple lie: that the necessarily random victims of Basque terrorism, and their families, could somehow all subscribe to the same complex, right-of-centre political philosophy.


Yes, that "Basque terrorism" part looks ugly, I could give the author some good examples of Spanish terrorism, maybe later.

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1 comment:

  1. No need, thanks.

    I should note, however, that I've been writing on this topic for some time as a part of my analysis of the PP's new political strategy.

    Some notes about 'terrorism':