Businesses targeted in Basque street violence

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1 August 2005, BILBAO – The Basque country's regional government has called for peace after a spate of street violence at the weekend.

1 August 2005

BILBAO – The Basque country's regional government has called for peace after a spate of street violence at the weekend.

Trouble started in the Algorta neighbourhood in Getxo, Vizcaya, at about 12.30am on Monday, the night after the final day of local carnivals.

Various gangs wearing balaclavas went on the rampage, throwing Molotov cocktails at the windows of banks, travel agencies, phone shops, insurance companies and a tobacconist.

They also blocked the passage of the police and fire brigades with wheelie bins.

Residents from 8 and 10 Calle Torrene had to be evacuated from their flats while fire fighters put out a blaze which had been started at the BBK bank and spread to the first floor.

No arrests were made.

In a statement later in the day, the Basque government said it rejected and was disgusted by the trouble and called on those behind the violence to "let this country and this society live in peace and decide as we like what our future should be".

The behaviour of the gangs was "totally rejected by the majority of Basque people", added the autonomous region.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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