Seven arrested over violence in support of ETA
30 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Seven people have been arrested in Spain's northern Basque region on charges of carrying out acts of street violence in support of the armed separatist group ETA, police said Tuesday.
30 October 2007
MADRID - (AFP) - Seven people have been arrested in Spain's northern Basque region on charges of carrying out acts of street violence in support of the armed separatist group ETA, police said Tuesday.
The seven, between the ages of 19 and 22, are believed to have set fire to several buses, after ordering passengers to get off, between December 2006 and October 2007, police said in a statement.
They are also accused of throwing molotov cocktails against police, public buildings, political party headquarters, and banks, the statement added.
The seven were detained in San Sebastian, just across the border from France, and their homes were searched after they were arrested.
Acts of "Kale Borroka" -- the Basque term for urban street fighting and attacks on buildings -- attributed to radical young Basques are a regular occurrence in the northeastern region of Spain.
But they have increased in frequency since the detention earlier this month of 23 leaders or collaborators of Batasuna, ETA's banned political wing, 17 of whom have been jailed.
ETA, which has killed 819 people during almost four decades of fighting for Basque independence, is considered to be a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.
Subject: Spanish news