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Basque Protests: Thousands March For Spain's Separatist Party

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« on: April 02, 2011, 08:30:58 pm »

Separatists claim that around 15 percent of the Basque population would vote for Batasuna, a number too large to disenfranchise.

Opponents to Basque separatism say Batasuna militants must be stopped from accessing local government budgets to back ETA.

ETA declared a cease-fire in September and went further in January by calling it permanent, although it has called 11 truces throughout its 40-year history of violent separatism.

The most recent "permanent" cease-fire was in 2006, but it ended with a car bomb at a parking garage at Madrid's international airport that killed two people after attempted negotiations with the government were perceived by ETA to be going nowhere.

ETA has killed more than 825 people since the late 1960s and is considered a terrorist organization by Spain, the European Union and the U.S.


Harold Heckle in Madrid contributed to this report.
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