ETA will go ahead with banned tribute

17th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 August 2007, SAN SEBASTIAN (EFE) – Supporters of Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday they would go ahead with a banned tribute to three ETA members who died in a shoot-out with police in 1991.

17 August 2007

SAN SEBASTIAN (EFE) – Supporters of Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday they would go ahead with a banned tribute to three ETA members who died in a shoot-out with police in 1991.

The interior department of the Basque regional government has banned the event called by The Pro Amnesty Movement for 6pm in San Sebastian.

But the organisers called on the Basque police not to intervene and said the tribute to Inaki Ormaetxea, Patxi Itziar and Jokin Leunda would take place.

The family and friends of the ETA members have a right to remember them, said Pro Amnesty member Juan Jose Ibarretxe.

However, San Sebastian's mayor Odon Elorza welcomed the ban, saying the city was enjoying the holiday period and was not interested in a "chain of demonstrations…of provocations".

"One day they will realise that the vast majority of the people aren't interested in them or demonstrations. They are not interested in things which have no sense in 21st century Europe and in a country where people think about other problems and worries", said Elorza.

ETA has killed more than 850 people in its struggle for an independent Basque Country in north-west Spain and south-east France.

The group started up in the 1960s under Franco's dictatorship and has continued under both conservative and socialist governments in democratic Spain.

Current Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero launched negotiations with the organisation after it declared a truce in March 2006.

However, ETA returned to violence in December, detonating a massive car bomb at Marajas airport which killed two people.

In June, it declared the cease-fire formally over.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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