Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Political persecution against Basques: France arrests youths

Wanted: Basque and organized

That is more or less what the euro-orders that the French Republic is applying against Basque citizens refuged in the North say. For that reason the Kingdom of Spain issued an European arrest order and, in spite of being a clear political case and in spite of the youths' association Segi being legal north of the military occupation line (aka border), Paris is complying with the requests from the Spanish Inquisition without hesitation. 

For that reason eight Basque citizens made a sit-in at Izpurua the last weeks, and were now being hosted by politicians from the Northern Basque Country at their homes. 

The persecuted Basque youths and some supporters

Aiala Zaldibar and Bergoi Madernaz del Pozo were arrested today in Baiona (Bayonne), while Beinat Lizeaga and Aitziber Plazaola were taken from the home of regional councilor Alice Leiziagezahar (EE-Les Verts).

The eight Basque citizens have been persecuted by Spain since, in October 2010, the political tribunal Audiencia Nacional (today's Spanish Inquisition) decided to persecute the reorganization of the Basque nationalist youth movement Segi, which is still legal in the North.

Solidarity with them, in the North as in the South has been widespread. 

Source: Gara[es], Kazeta[eu].

Update (Mar 2): two other of the eight persecuted citizens have been arrested in Arrangoitze: brothers Xalba and Jazint Ramírez , when they traveled to Baiona for a press conference. The arrest (left) by agents of the French military police (Gendarmerie), wearing masks, was violent, with the elects accompanying the two persecuted youths, being threatened and insulted.

Protests continue and will continue through the country, at both sides of the occupation line.

Source: Gara[es].

Update (Mar 3): yesterday another of the eight citizens persecuted by the Spanish-French inquisitorial coalition, Endika Pérez, was arrested as well. The only one of the eight still at large, Irati Tobar (left), got yesterday the support of the Town Hall of Hendaia (Hendaye). She spoke to the municipal council and got outspoken support from former mayor Kotte Ezenarro and other members of the Socialist Party. 

Source: Gara[es], Kazeta[eu].


  1. The only thing which would justify keeping ETA alive would be a police/military occupation of the Basque Country.

    Soldiers should only fight other soldiers, not the civil population. The latter is "terrorism", not war.

  2. There's a police-military occupation of the Basque Country.

  3. I was thinking in a situation like the one we used to see the Ulster until quite recently or even in the Basque Country 20-30 years ago: gunned people patrolling roads and streets, checkpoints, arbritrary arrests of "suspecting" people, etc.

  4. I think that happens today. It may be more or less apparent but I have never felt that the level of repression has decreased, rather the opposite.

    More control is maybe done covertly by means of cameras or other "discreet" means but I have never felt an improvement of any sort in human or civil rights. And the military occupation is very much apparent, with mountains full of Guardias Civiles, arbitrary military deployments, etc.

    As the touristic publicity said: "come and tell it".

    The only reason why it has never reached the levels of confrontation of Ulster is because there are no two communities here: we have mostly assimilated the immigrants, the divide is not defined by birth but by choice.


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