War of words as peace looks a distant hope

14th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2006, MADRID — The banned political wing of ETA and the government were trading verbal blows as the peace process plunged further into crisis.

14 November 2006

MADRID — The banned political wing of ETA and the government were trading verbal blows as the peace process plunged further into crisis.

Pernando Barrena, one of the leaders of Batasuna, the banned political wing of the Basque separatist organisation, said police action against rank and file supporters of ETA was sponsored by Madrid.

He said the government did not appear to be "at truce".

The comments followed a series of arrests of demonstrators involved in street disturbances in the Basque Country in the past few weeks.

Last Friday, radicals tried to set fire to two police officers during a demonstration.

But in contrast, the socialist party parliamentary spokesman, Diego López Garrido, attacked Batasuna's "absolute cynicism". 

He said "peace talks are only possible in the absence of violence".

Mariano Rajoy, leader of the opposition conservative Popular Party, said: "The government has involved us in an operation which is neither legal or moral."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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