Thursday, April 19, 2012

Basque Country: 18 arrested in Navarre for the March 29 general strike

Ateak Ireki[es] reports that at least 12 (could be more) people have been arrested today in Iruñerria (the urban area of Pamplona). They are all accused of public disorders in the May 29th general strike journey. Other four people were arrested in the previous days. 

Popular organizations are already preparing mobilizations in protest for these attacks by the bourgeois  repressive forces.

Update: Spanish Government Delegation says that 14 have been arrested today (18 with the four of previous days), seven of them minors (source AI[es]).

Update: One of the minors is only 14 and was arrested at school. Dozens of grassroots organizations have gathered forces to show the social rejection of these police abuses and have held a press conference at the centric Hotel Tres Reyes of Pamplona[eu/es]:

Partial transcript of the press conference:

Anywhere on Earth where there is a minimal system of liberties, police and judiciary authorities send citations to proceed to take declarations to the persons accused of committing acts like these. However in the Spanish State police is sent to arrest them violently in their homes, their jobs or even minors are arrested at schools. 

These attitudes evidence the lack of democratic culture by the public powers and demand urgently a public in-depth debate on which measures to take to respect the most basic civil and political rights of the citizenry.

As you can see at the end of the video, after the press conference people went to the police station demanding the release of those arrested.

Source: Ateak Ireki[es] (again).

3,000 euros for wearing the Medieval Navarrese banner

But of course repression is much more generalized and persistent. For example 3,000 euros (some $4000) of fine are being asked at court to a football aficionado who wore a shirt of the local team Osasuna with the Arrano Beltza (black eagle, right), one of the more popular traditional symbols of Navarre, used by Sancho the Great. (Source: AI[es])

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