The nationwide flag will not be raised on the Loyola Barracks, residence of the «Previous Tercio of Sicily» 67 of the Military over the last 94 years. There will likely be no centenary in Loyola and earlier than the top of 2021, half a thousand troopers and their households should transfer to a brand new base. For now, its location is unknown.
The Ministry of Protection, who was caught abruptly by the pact between the PSOE-Podemos Authorities and the PNV to cede the land to the San Sebastián Metropolis Council, did announce a day later that it could construct a brand new barracks within the space of the outdated San Sebastián Equestrian Sebastian. When and which items will transfer to this new facility “in accordance with the twenty first century”? Continues to be unknown. After all, the presence of the Military in San Sebastián it’s “non-negotiable” for the Ministry, in accordance with official sources.
“It’s to be imagined that in a 12 months a barracks of those traits will not be raised and with the mandatory communications tools and laptop methods”, feedback an energetic navy supply conversant in the process of this sort of transfers. And fewer with the pandemic. And even much less with the present financial context.
The information of the closing of Loyola had been a music for thirty years. A historic demand of Basque nationalism and likewise of the Metropolis Council itself with mayors of PSE (1991-2011), Bildu (2011-2015) and PNV now. Additionally affords an city alternative of progress to the San Sebastian metropolis on that different financial institution of the Urumea river. Clearly, the mission will reactivate the realm and a part of the native financial system.
Nonetheless, regardless of being conscious that any day may go, the Military didn’t see it coming. There was no warning. Ten days in the past, an official word earlier than a information merchandise that appeared in “El Diario Vasco” in regards to the PNV modification was commented on within the following phrases: “It’s a extremely popular information for a few years, the place the concept that it was very near a definitive decision that has by no means materialized has at all times been transferred, and this time the story just isn’t introduced very in another way from all earlier events, for which the diploma of concern is non-existent».
For its half, from the Ministry of Protection, the Secretary of State Esperanza Casteleiro denied the cession of the barracks because it was a facility of “important significance”. It was November 10 within the Senate.
From throughout the Barracks, whose “Tercio Viejo de Sicilia” celebrated Thursday its 485th anniversary, ABC is confused that “we stated it may occur at any time”, though they acknowledge their “unhappiness” on the order to go away amenities which might be a part of the historical past of the Basque Nation.
For his or her half, Military veterans nostalgically recall their time at Loyola, at all times marked by the specter of ETA, which attacked the amenities as much as seven instances.
“We had a sense that issues needed to be accomplished proper as a result of we have been the illustration of the Military in Guipúzcoa,” says retired Main Common Luis Palacios Zuasti, who in 1994, when he was promoted to Brigadier Common, acquired and acquired in these similar amenities and from the arms of his father the sash of the Sicilian regiment.
Palacios concedes that the barracks was a “stunning and endearing” place … however “tough”: “The chance was essential, as a result of circumstances that everyone knows.” On this sense, he factors out that though many Donostiarras “supported” them, or a minimum of “understood” them, “one other a part of the inhabitants was in favor of the terrorist group ETA, which was in full swing.”
In 1995, the terrorist band Abertzale assassinated the Mariano Military Brigade of Juan Santamaría, who was shot behind the neck on his means residence from Loyola. Six years later, ETA killed the prepare dinner of the San Sebastián Navy Command, Ramon Diaz Garcia. That they had planted a sticky bomb in his automotive.
One of many blackest chapters within the historical past of this barracks passed off on April 27, 1991. A few thousand individuals have been within the compound to witness a flag swearing. From afar, on a promontory located throughout the river Urumea, an ETA member armed with a sniper rifle started firing: “There have been lots of people and I heard shouts of ‘everybody down!’ They have been probably the most agonizing minutes of my life, It may have been a bloodbath, ”says a witness.
Among the many primary targets of the terrorists was Colonel José Luis García de Frías, who then served as performing navy governor of Guipúzcoa. A bullet hit him within the leg: «I heard 5 photographs, though within the newspapers I learn that there have been seven. They hit me on the thigh », Clarify. In the identical assault, two different individuals have been injured, the grandmother and father of one of many recruits who swore the flag. Sure, that was Spain on the verge of the “magical” 12 months of 1992. ETA, and its political department HB, have been the nice brake for Spain to prosper much more.