Rank and file ETA supporters rebel against leaders

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10 November 2006, BILBAO — The leader of ETA's political wing was attempting to quell street violence by the terrorist's rank-and-file.

10 November 2006

BILBAO — The leader of ETA's political wing was attempting to quell street violence by the terrorist's rank-and-file.

Arnaldo Otegi said he would go "from town to town to try to stop what was happening".

Otegi said Batasuna, the illegal political wing of ETA was not involved in attacks on a courthouse in the Navarre town of Estella.

But he said Madrid was "unable to go ahead with the peace process if ETA and its supporters did not appear to be abandoning violence".

The petrol bomb attack took place early on Friday at about 7.15am.

It appeared to be in support of the jailed ETA terrorist Ignacio Juana De Chaos, who was sentenced to a fresh term of 12 years on Wednesday for making death threats to prison governors.

De Chaos, who has served 18 years for killing 25 people, has vowed to stage a hunger strike to the death.

Otegi said in meetings with the ruling socialists and the Basque nationalists, he had offered to try and diffuse street violence.

But he called on the government to do the same in terms of police and judicial action against Basque separatists.

Otegi said the peace process was in crisis and needed a sharp response from the government.

Deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega said the government would not bow to any "blackmail or pressure from ETA".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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