Street gangs attack political HQs and court

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 February 2007, MADRID – Street gangs supporting Basque separatists attacked the headquarters of the socialist and nationalist parties in San Sebastian and a court in Navarra overnight on Wednesday.

15 February 2007

MADRID – Street gangs supporting Basque separatists attacked the headquarters of the socialist and nationalist parties in San Sebastian and a court in Navarra overnight on Wednesday.

Just after 11pm, Molotov cocktails were thrown at the PSE office in Calle de Santa Barbara and at its office in Calle Prim, as well as at the PNV-EA headquarters in Avenida Carlos I.

No one was injured but the buildings were damaged by the explosions and firefighters had to be called to put out one of the fires.

Around an hour later, in Navarra, a gang vandalised the court in Baranain, damaging the door and spraying a message in support of ETA terrorist Inaki De Juana Chaos, who they want freed from prison.

The message said in Basque: “Inaki de Juana free. You will pay PSOE”.

On Thursday morning, a group set fire to two Telefonica vans in Getxo in Vizcaya. No one was injured.

The head of the Basque nationalist party (PNV), Joshu Jon Imaz called on Batasuna, the illegal political wing of ETA, to denounce the attacks.

“The ball always seems to be in the court of everyone else when it comes to these issues”, said Imaz. “Others [other than Batasuna] have the right for attacks against our political groups to stop, to have political conversations on the same conditions without being the object of threats”.

In the past, Batasuna has accused Spain’s leading political parties and the Spanish courts of attacking it and depriving it of its democratic right to exist.

Imaz said he had not heard either Batasuna or its leader Arnaldo Otegi say anything about the attacks on Wednesday night.

In an interview with Basque state television, Ortegi said on Thursday Batasuna would present itself at the May district elections in the Basque region, although he said he had not decided in what form.

He criticised the government for ending dialogue with ETA after the Madrid airport bombing which killed two people in December.

Both ETA and the government should be open to resuming talks “in the absence of violence”, he said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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