Terror victims to stage mass protest at ‘surrender’ to ETA
15 September 2005
MADRID — Spain’s largest association of terrorism victims has vowed to stage an unprecedented wave of protests across the country against the government’s decision to “surrender to ETA’s blackmail”.
The move by the Association of Victims of Terrorism (AVT) comes amid speculation that the Basque terrorist group will announce a ceasefire and enter into talks with the government, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
“The government cannot turn its back on its citizens and surrender to the terrorists,” AVT president Jose Alcaraz said.
The opposition conservative Popular Party believes an easing of prison conditions for jailed ETA terrorists could be a condition to push forward eventual negotiations.
But justice minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar denied any softening of prison conditions was on the cards.
The government says it will not pay a “political price” to end Basque violence and denies being in secret negotiations with ETA.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news