ETA-affiliated group to visit capital

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8 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - The youth organisation affiliated with the Basque terrorist movement ETA is coming to the Netherlands this weekend. The group, called Segi, will hold an information session on Sunday evening in the squat area the Vrankrijk in the city centre. Segi's aim is "to seek support from Dutch organisations in its struggle against repression in Spain and the Basque Country," according to Vrankrijk's website.

8 March 2007

AMSTERDAM  - The youth organisation affiliated with the Basque terrorist movement ETA is coming to the Netherlands this weekend. The group, called Segi, will hold an information session on Sunday evening in the squat area the Vrankrijk in the city centre. Segi's aim is "to seek support from Dutch organisations in its struggle against repression in Spain and the Basque Country," according to Vrankrijk's website.

The Spanish Supreme Court ruled in January that Segi is an ETA-affiliated terrorist organisation. The police in Spain arrested a number of members at that time. An international arrest warrant was issued for others in the group. Segi is also on the EU's blacklist of terrorist organisations.

The Amsterdam section of the Liberal VVD announced that it would be posing questions to the city council about this visit. The party wants to know whether the council can block the group's visit. If not, then the police should check whether wanted persons are in attendance at the meeting and arrest them if this is the case, the VVD said.

The Basque group also came to the Netherlands in 2003. Supporters held information sessions in Amsterdam and Nijmegen. They also demonstrated outside the prison in Alphen aan den Rijn where a suspect of a failed bomb attack in Spain was being kept at the time.

Despite calls from local politicians to ban Segi's activities in the Netherlands, the public prosecution department did not interfere with the group's visit in 2003, pointing out that the movement had not committed any crimes.

The public prosecution department in Amsterdam said in a response that it could not yet say whether it would take any action this time against Segi's visit.

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Subject: Dutch News

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