Palma.—The President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza, accompanied by the central Government Delegate to the Balearics, Teresa Palmer, yesterday presided over the official opening of the new Guardia Civil barracks in Palmanova.

In his address, Bauza, paid special tribute to the two Civil Guards, Carlos Saenz de Tejada and Diego Salva who were killed by an ETA car bomb in the resort on July 30, 2009.

Bauza said that the families of the two terrorist victims are proud that the new barracks have been built, because the old one was clearly deficient.
Palmer said that now all 160 members of the force based in Calvia have a secure barracks ,they can comfortable in and proud of.
She also described Calvia as “one of the last bastions of barbaric terrorism by ETA” referring to the 2009 car bombing, which was in the news yesterday when Ajax, a Guardia Civil sniffer dog, was presented with a top award for having found a second bomb in the area just moments after.

The two storey, new barracks on the Son Bugadelles industrial estate, covers an area of 3'150 square metres.
On the first floor are offices and detention centres etc. while on the second floor is accommodation for 32 Civil Guards and their families.
The building cost 4.2 million euros to build and construction began back in 2008. “This new building will improve the quality of lives for the Civil Guards and their families and also provide the force with more efficient and comfortable working conditions, Bauza said. “And this is a clear demonstration of just how seriously we take the safety of our residents and visitors in the Balearics,” he added.

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