San Sebastian march called despite Batasuna ban

11th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 August 2006, SAN SEBASTIAN – A demonstration has been called in the Basque country for Sunday after a judge’s warning that a Batasuna-backed march planned for the same day would be illegal.

11 August 2006

SAN SEBASTIAN – A demonstration has been called in the Basque country for Sunday after a judge’s warning that a Batasuna-backed march planned for the same day would be illegal.

At a press conference called on Friday at noon, a group of 50 people announced a protest in San Sebastian in favour of the region deciding its political future.

The announcement came the day after five Batasuna leaders were told by Judge Baltasar Garzon that they must have nothing to do with protesting since Batasuna is an illegal political party.

Batasuna spokesperson Pernando Barrena claimed to Garzon that the party, considered to be the political wing of terrorist group ETA, had nothing to do with a protest called by an individual called Jose Luis Sayes.

He insisted he had given a press conference backing Sayes’ protest without realising Sayes had cancelled it.

Sayes had called the protest off after Garzon summoned him to appear in court to ask him whether Batasuna was behind his demonstration.

As Batasuna leaders and Sayes were giving evidence in court, a police spokesman informed Garzon another private individual had called a protest for the same date, a woman called Maria Jesus Aguirre Aristegui.

Garzon has ordered the Basque region’s government to inform him about the woman and whether her route and timetable coincides with the banned Batasuna-backed protest.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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