Batasuna calls on Zapatero to take risks over ETA

26th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2005, BILBAO — The leader of the banned political party Batasuna called on the Spanish prime minister to be 'brave' in resolving the Basque conflict at the end of a march.

26 August 2005

BILBAO — The leader of the banned political party Batasuna called on the Spanish prime minister to be 'brave' in resolving the Basque conflict at the end of a march.

Pernando Barrena spoke at the end of a controversial march through Bilbao joined by hundreds of supporters Batasuna, the political wing of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA.

Barrena called on Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to be 'brave' in resolving the Basque conflict, which has cost the lives of over 800 people in more than 40 years of terrorist violence.

"Today, three years after the banning of Batasuna, we show political generosity and we say to him if he wants to try, do it seriously," he added.

The conservative opposition Popular Party, which banned Batasuna when it was in power, called for the march to be stopped, but the Basque regional government,  run by the nationalist Basque PNV party said it could go ahead.

The marchers used the slogan 'Now the people, now the peace'.

Last Friday, in San Sebastian, a similar march held by supporters of Batasuna ended in violence.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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