5,000 under protection from ETA

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2004, MADRID - The government is to review the cases of more than 5,000 people who have been offered protection because they fear they will be victims of ETA violence, it emerged Wednesday.

25 August 2004

MADRID - The government is to review the cases of more than 5,000 people who have been offered protection because they fear they will be victims of ETA violence, it emerged Wednesday.

The Spanish daily El Pais said the Ministry of the Interior is going to analyse "case by case" those who have been offered protection in order to "rationalise" this service.

Government sources said Antonio Camacho, Minister of the Interior, asked the security forces to compile a "map of terrorist risk" to provide a true picture of the number of people threatened by the Basque terrorist group.

Sources said there were a number of agents dedicated to providing protection and the Minister wanted to see if resources could be better deployed.

In the Basque Country alone, 1,200 people were said to be under protection while 4,000 others in the rest of Spain received a similar service.

Sources said that the study will apply "objectivity and not political subjectivity".

Camacho will not make any decision on any case until he has a report on the situation, the sources said.

ETA often threatens businesses and individuals in order to extort cash to fund its campaign for an independent Basque Country.

The group has killed more than 800 people during a terrorist campaign which has spanned 36 years.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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