Fri Mar 7th, 2008 at 09:22:45 AM EST
Just two hours ago and two days before the general election in Spain, ETA has killed a Basque politician and former office holder.
Isaías Carrasco was shot three times in front of his wife and daughter. He had no bodyguards since he was no longer a member of the Social-Democrat group in the Mondragón city council.
The election campaign is officially over... the left-wing government is really shaken. PM Zapatero's face when he received the news at a rally is that of a shattered man. The right-wing PP cancelled also all their activities.
We will follow the developments here... but anything you have heard before about the general election to be held in two days's time is now officially "not valid". Now, everything is possible.
Spanish community... please... update... at will...
Updates as they come....
The right-wing leader's official response already aired. Basically, generalities but he just slipped one sentence with electoral tone... "...I think you all know what I think about ETA", making reference to his forceful opposition to any ETA talks... and his strong use of the terrorist policy against Zapaptero. Subtle but clear. And his charge that Zapatero's policies have strengthened ETA since 2004.
The interior minister also gave a press conference. Nothing unexpected. ETA is considered the author.
Developing... Migeru reports in comments that there will be a special session of the Parliament. We will see whether it happens. A high-ranking meeting between the two bigest parties is supposed to happen at 18:00 or 19:00 this afternoon. Not sure whether it will happen.
17:00 PM Zapatero's formal statement on TV. Generalities first. Condemns the attack and the pain for the family. Police will crack down on then murderers as it has done successfully before. End of generalities. The PM states that ETA could cause damage but it is already down thanks to democracy, it is isolated, and its only future (its members') is prison. Democracy, democracy, democracy, institutions and liberties will finish up ETA. He finishes.
Short, quite short, and surprising with a claim that ETA is already finished.
17:05 Basque Lehendakari's (PM of Basque Country) official TV announcement. "They are savages". Using rather colloquial words he says that people are fed up with ETA... and ETA must not play any role in politics. "Killing a former politician is an overdose of cowardice"
Strong words from the Nationalistic Basque Government.
There will be silent rallies in the Basque Country in front of all town and city councils, and government offices.
23:05 After a session in Congress where all political parties decried the murder and declared the will to finish ETA, the right-wing PP is doing some indications that they want to stress that "no negotiation route" is possible to finish ETA. They are stressing that the Congress should declare invalid the powers that he gave Zapatero to talk with ETA. I do not knwo how it wil look like in the street, but the fact that left and right-wing newspapers are stressing this side of the argument indicates that some people, right and left, think that somehow you can control how to win votes with this thing. If you talk with ETA... you are bad.. if you join a declaration but point out a difference in your approach, then bad too... It is not very nice to see that stuff.