Police clash with Basque separatist demonstrators

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, SAN SEBASTIAN - (AFP) - Police clashed with demonstrators in the Basque stronghold of San Sebastian on Sunday, arresting six as protestors demanded amnesty for imprisoned ETA members.

10 September 2007

SAN SEBASTIAN - (AFP) - Police clashed with demonstrators in the Basque stronghold of San Sebastian on Sunday, arresting six as protestors demanded amnesty for imprisoned ETA members.

Among those arrested was Juan Mari Olano, a spokesman for Askatasuna, a Basque prisoner support committee banned by Spanish courts for its proximity to armed Basque separatist group ETA, according to police.

Ertzaintza, the regional Basque police force, had made a number of requests to the protestors to put down their placards and flag before the two groups clashed.

The arrests were "provoked by the protestors," said Ertzaintza in a statement.

This latest incident illustrates the upswing in tensions in the Basque country after a recent series of police operations in Spain and France, leading to arrests, including Arnaldo Otegi, the leader of ETA's political wing Batasuna.

On Sunday, ETA released a statement, pledging to "keep striking" in Spain.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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