Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Strange 'ecoterrorism' round up in Bilbao this morning

The Spanish military police (Guardia Civil) has arrested not less than 12 people who are, oddly enough, accused of "ecoterrorism" (animal liberation activities), reports Sare Antifaxista. This is most strange because there's not much of such activity in the area as far as I can tell. 

According to police, they are responsible of public unrest (nonviolent protests?) against tourism and business sectors. They are accused of a range of activities from setting animals free to placing explosives. 

When? Where? Really? How come I had not heard of those actions before?

Honestly, there's almost no such activity in this part of the world. Most likely these are anti-bullfight activists or just a pretext to round up some more nonconformist Basques and scare them with arbitrary repression and maybe even tortures.

The arrests happened in the Old Quarter and Old Bilbao neighborhoods.

Update: according to Berria newspaper[eu], the arrests have been ordered not by a Bilbao judge nor even your usual Inquisition political tribunal at Madrid, but by a judge of A Coruña, Galicia. They are accused of having liberating 16,000 and then 20,000 animals (minks in at least one of the cases) in farms around A Coruña, hundreds of kilometers west of Bilbao.

It makes no sense whatsoever. We can only imagine that, unable to solve the cases, judge or prosecutors decided to blame the Basques. It stinks to set up.

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