July 17, 1997 |
The Basque regional government barred rallies by the political wing of the separatist guerrilla group ETA, fearing sectarian violence after the slaying of one politician and threats to kill another. Officials said they would not allow pro-ETA rallies planned this weekend for San Sebastian, a movement stronghold. Miguel Angel Blanco, 29, was kidnapped last Thursday by the ETA, or Basque Homeland and Freedom, and slain two days later. His death sparked massive protests.
July 28, 1997 |
Thousands of supporters of the Basque separatist group ETA marched in San Sebastian in their first large gathering since the nation spurned the group for killing a politician. The leaders of Herri Batasuna, the political wing of the ETA, led marchers through the streets of this Atlantic resort city as they shouted slogans in Basque supporting the ETA and independence from Spain.
September 30, 1990 |
Two suspected members of ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom), which has killed more than 600 people in its 21-year-old fight for an independent Basque state, have been extradited from France, Spanish officials said Saturday.
January 30, 1988 |
Basque separatists responsible for the deaths of nearly 600 people since they took up arms nearly 20 years ago have offered to enter negotiations for a 60-day truce if the Spanish government agrees to resume peace talks, officials said Friday. The government rejected the offer. "With attacks, there will be no contacts," Government spokesman Javier Solana said. "We must not be fooled by maneuvers which may be propaganda . . . .
January 22, 1989 |
Jose Amedo was a well-dressed, high-living traveler with a weakness for casinos and a liking for fish, but as a secret agent he proved fatally flawed. Calling himself Genaro Gallego, he hosted a 1986 dinner at O Pescador, a restaurant near Lisbon, paying the $86.25 bill with a credit card in his real name. Investigators quickly discovered that Gallego was Amedo and that Amedo was deputy superintendent of a police intelligence unit in Bilbao, Spain. Amedo, 42, is now in jail.
June 22, 1987 |
Two more people died of severe burns Sunday, bringing to 17 the number killed in a bombing at a Barcelona supermarket that Basque separatists said was a mistake. "We admit, in keeping with our revolutionary honesty, the serious error committed in carrying out this operation," the group ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom) said in a call to the Basque newspaper Egin.