ETA widens extortion campaign to fund violence
5 September 2005, BILBAO — The terrorist organistion ETA has sent a new batch of letters to businesses in Spain's Basque region demanding payment of what it calls a "revolutionary tax".
5 September 2005
BILBAO — The terrorist organistion ETA has sent a new batch of letters to businesses in Spain's Basque region demanding payment of what it calls a "revolutionary tax".
Some of the recipients own small businesses that had previously not been the object of ETA extortion attempts, local newspapers reported.
Security forces have also seen flyers stamped with the ETA acronym in the Basque city of San Sebastian calling for a boycott of Basque companies that refuse to pay protection money.
A document discovered by Spanish police in July listed the names of dozens of targeted businesses in the Basque country and neighbouring region of Navarre, according to dailies El Correo and El Diario Vasco.
The letters have been arriving all summer, they reported, demanding between EUR 6,000-18,000 (USD 7,320-21,960) from victims.
Some of the letters were sent to associates of business owners, and others to former employees.
ETA, which stands for "Basque Homeland and Freedom," has killed more than 850 people since the 1960s in its campaign to form an independent Basque state in parts of northern Spain and southern France, collecting the so-called "revolutionary tax" to fund its activities.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news