Friday, May 11, 2007

The Ban on ANV and AS

People that think they know everything about the political conflict that pits Euskal Herria against Spain usually utter two lame excuses when they have to explain their rejection of an ancient nation to its self determination.

They are:

a) Spain is a democratic state, sure things are not that bad for the Basques.

b) Basques must resort to democratic ways to pursue their demands for self determination and must renounce to violence.

Well, this article published by EITb shows that Spain is not a democratic state since democratic states do not ban political parties and that the Basques are actually using democratic ways to forward their political goals but Spain won't allow it.

Here it is:

Constitutional Court rejects appeals from Basque parties ANV, AS

No appeals can be brought against the Court’s decision. The 133 lists of candidates of Basque Nationalist Action (ANV) and all candidates of Abertzale Sozialistak are banned from running in May 27 local elections.

Spain's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld a ban against hundreds of Basque candidates running in regional and local elections later this month because of links to the outlawed party Batasuna.

The tribunal was ratifying a Supreme Court ruling Sunday that barred all 246 candidate lists presented for May 27 election under the banner of Abertzale Sozialistak, or Basque Nationalist Socialists and 133 belonging to Accion Nacionalista Vasca, or Basque Nationalist Action.

The ban had been sought by the Socialist government and the state prosecutor's office, who claimed the candidates represented the outlawed party Batasuna.

"The Constitutional Court has backed our stance,'' Justice Minister Mariano Fernandez Bermejo told leading Cadena SER network. "Those who legally shouldn't be in the elections won't be."

There was no immediate reaction from Batasuna, which insists its participation is an essential condition for keeping alive a peace process that began with a so-called permanent cease-fire by ETA in March 2006.

Batasuna was outlawed in March 2003 on grounds that it was part of ETA. The government has said that if it wants to participate in elections it must abide by a law that obliges all parties to reject violence.

If you do not have a political party to vote for and you feel like all your political options are being denied by one of the states that occupy you land, what else is left for you if the international community refuses to do something about it?

By the way, the Basques rejected that same Constitution that is being used today to ban Basque political parties. Seems like they knew it was not of any good for them since then.

So, the next time you demand from the Basques to "give up violence" think again, is obvious that it is Spain the one that needs to give up its 5 centuries campaign of hate and violence against the Basque people.

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