In a public act today here in Bilbao, the Basque Nationalist Left (Ezker Abertzalea) has presented a new party, Sortu (To Create), by mouth of Rufi Etxeberria and Iñigo Iruin.
The key element is that the statutes of the new party make a huge effort in adapting to the Spanish law of political parties, designed ad hoc to make this major Basque political force illegal, by detaching themselves explicitly from violence and the so-called terrorism.
Transcripts of the interventions are available in PDF format: Etxeberria in Basque language (translation to Spanish), Iruin in Spanish. See also the main news article at Gara and the photo gallery.
My two cents: a waste of political capital for no reason at all: bowing to the fascists in Madrid in a pointless gesture of surrender
There is no particular reason why anyone would have to reject ETA while the heirloom of fascism is still present all through Spain and is not rejected nor investigated nor demanded to political parties like the PP to make a public stand of condemnation and rejection. Similarly terrorists like Felipe González (former PM and leader of the GAL) expressed their pride in state-sponsored terrorism in the 80s and 90s and yet they are not brought to trial nor their political parties declared illegal.
I see absolutely no reason why Basque parties for the mere reason of being Basque and having a multifaceted complex approach to the Basque-Spain conflict and the violent aspects of it would have to bother doing what the Spaniards do not do themselves.
So the only reasons are to give everything in favor of a peace solution and to attempt to run in the municipal elections (sometime soon, don't ask me when).
But, as I do not see any counter-step from Spain or the Spanish nationalist single two-headed party PP-PSOE, such as condemning fascism or the GAL, or reforming the Spanish constitution to allow for self-determination of the peoples, or even stopping the repression for the sake of peace...
... as I do not see anything of that, I think this is just wasting time and energies, and lowering oneself too much to the demands of who can only be described as the enemies of the Basque People and the enemies of Democracy.
Furthermore, I believe that Spain will choose the repressive path anyhow and all this will be useless except to demonstrate that Spain does not want peace at all.
I am not even sure if I will vote for the new project at all. I am not really sure which is the difference between this new downgraded Ezker Abertzale project and Aralar (to which I have never voted nor I will ever vote).
But at this stage it is not even known if the Spanish autocracy will allow free municipal elections in the Basque Country for a change so I'm speculating. It is very possible that Madrid will persecute the new formation and ban it from running anyhow (see this[es]).