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Discussion in 'Europe' started by Antóin Mac Comháin, Apr 26, 2017.

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    ETA: We still want an independent Basque state

    A Basque newspaper says the separatist group has not abandoned its goal of achieving an independent state. A week ago, ETA gave up its arms to French authorities, ending a four decade campaign of terror.

    In a communiqué on Sunday in the Basque newspaper Gara, ETA said disarmament "wasn't going to be a bargaining chip, but rather a way to show the intransigence of the (Spanish and French) states and to further the independence movement."

    The separatist group also told the paper it had entered a phase it which it would take "decisions from among all its members for moving forward."

    "ETA will examine the path that has been travelled and will take future decisions with responsibility," the statement said.

    No break-up planned

    The group made no mention of dissolving in Sunday's communiqué.

    Their statement was issued on Basque "homeland day," as the Spanish and French governments continued to downplay the significance of ETA's disarmament on April 8.

    The two countries say ETA must dissolve and apologize for the atrocities committed during its 43-year campaign for an independent country bordering Spain and France.

    ETA killed 829 people, mostly in Spain, and left thousands more injured. The separatist group was blamed for hundreds of shootings, bombings and kidnappings from the 1960s until 2011.

    In 2011, amid a string of arrests of top ETA operatives and public outrage over bloodshed, ETA announced it was abandoning its armed campaign.

    Two weeks ago ETA handed over a list of eight caches to French authorities, allowing police to uncover weapons, ammunition and explosives at secret locations. Around three and a half tones of arms and explosives were found.

    The group had sought to negotiate its dissolution in exchange for amnesties or improved prison conditions for roughly 350 of its members held in Spain and France, and for current members living under cover. But the two countries refused.

    Almost two-thirds of Basques said they wanted a referendum to decide the region's future once and for all. - ETA: We still want an independent Basque state | News | DW.COM ...
     
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    Basque Political Prisoner organization call for an end to "penitentiary policy based on revenge", as France release Oier Gómez

    France decides to free Oier Gómez due to his terminal illness

    He will allow him to be transferred from the Paris hospital where he has been hospitalized since January to another center close to his family
    French justice has today decided to release ETA member Victor Oier Gómez Mielgo, who was serving a 15-year sentence in France and had pending execution of three euro orders from Spain and Portugal, due to his state of health, as he has terminal cancer and Doctors give him no more than six months to live.

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    Demonstration calling for the release of Oier Gomez

    The Paris Court of Appeal has accepted the demand for the release defense, which has been approved by the Prosecutor's Office, and will allow Oier Gomez (who turns 34 on Friday) to be transferred from Hospital of Paris where he is hospitalized from January to another center next to its family.
    The training room has only imposed on him as a condition to indicate his destiny when that transfer is confirmed from the Parisian hospital of La Pitié Salpêtrière to, in principle, the one of Baiona, and that he communicates to him any eventual change of direction later.


    The judges have ruled on the basis of a medical report that was made on March 11, in which the doctors indicated that Oier Gómez had suffered several successive cancers with metastases and that he was not likely to survive more than six months.

    The prosecutor has admitted that this report "is particularly clear" about the fact that his life is in danger in the short term and has therefore ruled in favor of the end of his detention.

    "My client's days are numbered," counsel Xantiana Cachenaut, who said her client's situation is "catastrophic" given the speed of the process since she was urgently admitted in January, said at the hearing.

    He justified his request for release "so that he can share the last moments of his life with his people" and he congratulated himself that at least "a total consensus of the entire judicial institution" has been made clear so that it may be so.

    The network of support for prisoners of ETA Sare has said "since the armed organization ETA is no longer available", the Spanish Government need to abandon its "penitentiary policy based on revenge." - Francia decide liberar a Oier Gómez por su enfermedad terminal. Deia ..
     
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    Date: 09 Lúnasa/Aug 2017

    Time: 5pm

    Venue: St Mary’s University College

    Challenges of The Basque Political Peace Process: Josu Juaristi Abaunz MEP (Eh BILDU) will speak on the challenges associated with the Basque political process, including the issue of political prisoners, and will argue that it is time for the Spanish and French Governments to engage positively in the process. With Martina Anderson MEP (Sinn Féin). Organised by Belfast Basque Solidarity Committee
     
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    Crowded streets in Bilbao with a silent cry: Repatriation of Basque Political prisoners now
    • The City of Bilbao was becoming crowded by people arriving from all over the Basque Country as the day went on. By noon it was impossible to walk around the city centre. The main streets surrounding the meeting points from which the demonstration was going to start at 17:00 hours were getting packed as this time got closer. “Sare” (meaning literally “Network” in Basque, a citizen network struggling for the rights of Basque political prisoners) was in the way of achieving the objective of the day. This article is a chronicle of that demonstration.


    The singer Fermin Muguruza and Saroi Jauregi have brought the event to an end by stating that “in order to create together a future in which all human rights will be respected, now is the time to ensure that the rights of the Basque political prisoners and their families are respected. All together we will achieve it!” - Crowded streets in Bilbao with a silent cry: Repatriation of Basque ...
     
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    Mondragon, a huge Basque cooperative that is beating the crisis
     
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    Understanding the Mondragon Worker Cooperative Corporation
     
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    Good to see ETA surrender - like their Provo pals.....:smiley: