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We've known it was over for 5 months, but apparently ETA was in denial about itself until today.

El Mundo: 'El talante de Zapatero se ha convertido en el fascismo que niega derechos' (05/06/2007)El Mundo: 'Zapatero's demeanor has become a fascism that denies rights' (05/06/2007)
COMUNICADO ÍNTEGRO DEL FIN DE LA TREGUA DE ETAINTEGRAL COMMUNIQUE ON THE END OF ETA'S TRUCE
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Las máscaras han caído. El talante de Zapatero se ha convertido en el fascismo que niega sus derechos a partidos y ciudadanos. Pero no son los únicos. También se les ha caído la tapadera a los dirigentes del PNV, cuyas ansias de riqueza son insaciables. Por desgracia, la libertad de los pueblos se topa a menudo con la traición. En la defensa de Euskal Herria, en la construcción del futuro, han solido recurrir a engaños cada vez que se deben adoptar decisiones firmes. Sin embargo, en esta ocasión a los ciudadanos no les han dado un cheque en blanco para que sigan alimentando el sufrimiento de este pueblo bajo la protección del españolismo. No han 'seducido' sino a los responsables del aplastamiento de los derechos del pueblo, no a los vascos que deseamos vivir en democracia y libertad.The masks have fallen. Zapatero's demeanor has turned into the fascism that denies their rights to parties and citizens. But they are not the only ones. The cover has fallen off the [Basque Nationalist Party] leaders, whose yearning for riches is insatiable. Unfortunately, the freedom of the peoples often meets treason. In the defence of the Basque Fatherland, in the construction of a future, they have usually resorted to deception evey time firm decisions have to be adopted. Nevertheless, on this occasion the citizens have not given them a blank cheque to continue feeding the suffering of this people under the proteccion of Spanish Nationalism. They have only 'seduced' those responsible for the crushing of the rights of the people, not us Basques who wish to live in democracy and freedom.
Los ciudadanos padecemos una falta de democracia. Las agresiones contra Euskal Herria, en lugar de desaparecer, se están intensificando y agravando. La Justicia española ha dejado fuera de estas elecciones antidemocráticas a miles de ciudadanos y a la izquierda abertzale, que es el principal activo del proceso. La situación que vivimos en Euskal Herria en la actualidad es un estado de excepción. Las elecciones recientemente celebradas carecen de legitimidad. A la suspensión permanente de actividades armadas ofrecida por ETA, el Gobierno español le ha respondido con detenciones, torturas y persecuciones de todo tipo. No existen las condiciones democráticas mínimas que se requieren para realizar un proceso de negociación.We citizens endure lack of democracy. The attacks on the Basque Fatherland, instead of going away, get ever more intense and serious. The Spanish Justice system has left thousands of citizens and the Basque patriotic left, which is the main asset for the process, out of these undemocratic elections. The situation we live in the Basque Fatherland is a state of exception. The recently held elections lack legitimacy. To the permanent suspension of armed activities offered by ETA, the Spanish Government has responded with arrests, tortures and all kinds of persecutions. The minimal democratic conditions to carry out a negotiation process don't exist.
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Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 06:17:54 AM EST
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What actually underlies the problem in the Basque area? Economic neglect? I know you've said before, but I've forgotten.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 06:20:40 AM EST
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I have no idea what about the Basque country in general motivates ETA, honestly, other than their own particular grudges and grievances. In that sense, I think they're dead-enders because they just motivated by their own interests as a movement.

The Basque Country pioneered the industrial revolution in Spain and still is one of the richest regions in Spain. Bilbao suffered a lot in the 1980's when it lost its heavy industry, but it has turned itself around (much like, I understand, Glasgow has).

The Stormont Agreement and the Scottish Assembly are a joke compared with the level of self-government the Basque Country enjoys. The Basque Nationalist Party has ruled continuously since 1979. The Basque government has a regional police force, raises all taxes, controls health, education and infrastructure and has two TV channels. Education is available in Basque.

Whatever wrongs by Franco motivated ETA in the 1960's have been righted by now. That is why they are dead enders. The only things the Basque Country doesn't have are 1) Navarra and the French Basque Country; 2) a foreign policy; 3) free and fair elections; 4) ethnic cleansing of those not sufficiently Basque.

On the issue of free and fair elections: non-nationalists are afraid and have been for years thanks to intimidation by ETA and its sympathisers; Spain has a law of political parties that uses guilt by association to keep ETA sympathisers from taking part in the political process.

On the issue of ethnic cleansing: Basque Nationalism is originally (Sabino Arana) a racist reaction against migrant labour from the rest of Spain since the 19th century. There is also a separate strand of right-wing "Spanish" traditionalism (God, Fatherland and King) that has cost Spain 4 civil wars (the Carlist wars, and the Carlists's role in the Spanish Civil War on Franco's side).

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 06:38:50 AM EST
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Now, to say that they are dead-enders is not to deny that there is up to 15% support for ETA. So it is not a problem that can go away simply by police action. It's hard to imagine what kinds of political concessions could be made.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 07:04:17 AM EST
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