Protests as ETA terrorist row reaches boiling point
9 March 2007, BRUSSELS – Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero called for calm on the eve of a series of a major demonstrations against his controversial decision to let an ETA prisoner serve out his sentence under house arrest.
9 March 2007
BRUSSELS – Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero called for calm on the eve of a series of a major demonstrations against his controversial decision to let an ETA prisoner serve out his sentence under house arrest.
The main opposition Popular Party (PP) and terrorist victims’ groups have organised protests across the country on Saturday over the case of Inaki de Juana Chaos.
De Juana Chaos, who killed 25 people, staged a hunger striker against a prison term for writing two threatening letters.
As his condition worsened, De Juana Chaos was transferred to a hospital in the Basque Country and will eventually serve the remains of his sentence under house arrest at home.
The decision sparked outrage in Spain.
But Zapatero said he had taken the decisión to ‘preserve life’.
The socialist government also feared if De Juana Chaos died he would become a martyr and his death would be used by ETA as an excuse to stage more terrorist attacks.
Speaking from Brussels, where he was attending an European Union meeting on Friday, Zapatero said he would not respond to “insults and provocations” from the PP.
Meanwhile, Mariano Rajoy told a Spanish radio station his party has called for the biggest demonstration ever because of the “lack of faith” in the present government.
There were 65 demonstrations planned at cities across Spain and the PP has also staged similar protests at Spanish embassies outside the country.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news