Prince Felipe condemns ETA extortion campaign

16th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2006, SAN SEBASTIAN — Crown Prince Felipe launched an outspoken attack on the extortion campaign directed by ETA against Basque businesses.

16 March 2006

SAN SEBASTIAN — Crown Prince Felipe launched an outspoken attack on the extortion campaign directed by ETA against Basque businesses.

On a visit to San Sebastian with Princess Letizia, the Prince condemned the "unacceptable actions, threats and extortion campaign" of the terrorists against the rights and liberties which the Basque business community.

The heir to the Spanish Crown made what was considered an unusually frank speech during the inauguration of the Basque Chamber of Commerce and Navigation.

ETA has recently started threatening businessmen by sending pictures of their wives and family and suggesting what the consequences might be to them  if they do not pay a "revolutionary tax".

For the past 18 months, the Basque separatist organisation has carried out a campaign of extortion asking for sums of between EUR 30,000 and 210,000.

If they do not pay-up, their businesses are usually the targets of bomb attacks.

The terrorist group, which has killed over 800 people since it was formed in 1968, has carried out 11 attacks this year alone.

Despite this, rumours still persist it will declare an Easter ceasefire.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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