Sunday, November 11, 2012

Basque Country: major demo at Baiona in support of peace, prisoners and exiles

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Some 15,000 people (1/3 of the city's population) marched through Baiona (Bayonne), in the Northern Basque Country (under French occupation), demanding to the French government a radical change of attitude in relation with the Basque Country, requiring Hollande to bring forward a solution for the situation of prisoners and exiles.

The two banners claimed Basque Prisoners to the Basque Country and Let the Refugees live free in the Basque Country.

The support for the demo has been very diverse, drawing from almost all the political spectrum of the Northern Basque Country: PS senator Frédérique Espagnac, Aquitaine's General Councilor Christophe Martin and his Vice-President Kotte Ezenarro, as well as Green and Basque Nationalist regional councilors, Basque and Occitan nationalist parties, the French Communist Party (PCF), municipal representatives from all tendencies, labor unions (LAB, ELA, CGT, CFDT, Solidaires), many artists, NGOs (Human Rights League, Bake Bidea, Anai Artea, Bizi!, CDDHPB, Sulidarità - this one from Corsica), economic actors, priests, etc. 

This plurality indicates that all Northern Basques are together for a constructive solution that includes the prisoners and exiles but, as was discussed some days ago, also some meaningful self-rule for the part of the country under French rule, which so far has no recognition whatsoever. 

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

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