Arrests strike blow to ETA 'kale borroka' street violence

9th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 November 2007, Bilbao - Police made four new arrests in connection with 'kale borroka', the term used for street violence in the Basque Country by ETA sympathizers.

9 November 2007

Bilbao - Police made four new arrests in connection with 'kale borroka', the term used for street violence in the Basque Country by ETA sympathizers.

The arrests were part of a larger operation that began on October 30, and police now believe that they have completely disbanded a cell which aimed to revitalize  Segi, an illegal youth group with ties to the terrorist organization.

Police also searched over 100 homes across San Sebastián and found information about Segi's structure and about Batasuna, ETA's outlawed political arm.

This is the third police sweep against ETA-related street violence in a month, and so far this year 51 people have been arrested in connection with offenses such as burning buses, cash machines and other public and private property, often during the daytime and in full view of passers-by.

The Interior Ministry said the operation was meant "to end the sense of impunity" that still surrounds kale borroka. These acts of vandalism have risen significantly in the last year after a sharp drop in 2006.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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