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What I mean is that the public pronouncements of everyone except for Batasuna (and PCTV), especially of moderate Basque nationalists, have been sounding increasingly annoyed that ETA did not give up its arms to allow a political process.

Then again, just because you can pass an ad-hoc law making Batasuna illegal with what is basically guilt by association, doesn't mean that they don't retain a hard core of 10% to 15% of voters in the Basque Country. Indeed, just the endorsement by Batasuna's leader when they were made illegal just days before the latest regional election was enough to give the hitherto unknown and tiny PCTV eight (out of 75) seats in the regional parliament. Quite a feat.

So, there is clearly a National Liberation Movement, but people are largely annoyed that ETA kept at it.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:36:55 AM EST
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