As most notorious terrorist worsens, country split

26th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 February 2007, MADRID — Spain's most notorious ETA terrorist was said to be close to death on Monday after refusing all nutrition after over 100 days on hunger strike.

26 February 2007

MADRID — Spain's most notorious ETA terrorist was said to be close to death on Monday after refusing all nutrition after over 100 days on hunger strike.

Jose Ingacio de Juana Chaos tore out feeding tubes last week which force feed him and was said by prison authorities to be in a grave condition.

De Juana Chaos, who has served 19 years for the murder of 25 people, is on hunger strike in protest at a new sentence imposed for writing two articles which a court ruled made terrorist threats.

He started the hunger strike last November and has been force-fed until now.

Now doctors may have to strap him down to save his life.

The fate of the former ETA commander has polarised Spain, with many believing he should die in jail and others keen not to let him become a martyr for the Basque separatists' cause.

United Left leader Gaspar Llamazares called for De Juana Chaos to be let free so he would not become a "symbol" to some.

But conservative opposition Popular Party deputy Angel Acebes demanded the terrorist served his full term of three years behind bars.

Hundreds marched through Madrid on Saturday to demand De Juana Chaos serve his full sentence, while a counter-demonstration in the Basque Country was held in his support.

It ended in violent clashes with police.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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