Saturday, June 09, 2007

In Support of Otegi

As you may know by now, Zapatero ordered top Basque politician Arnaldo Otegi because he feels like he needs to punish anyone who dares to advance the right of the Basque nation to its self determination. Well, Otegi is not on his own and people will take to the streets in solidarity with the jailed leader of Batasuna. Here you have this article published by EITb:

Basque leftist movement to protest against imprisonment of Otegi

According to Batasuna sources, spokesman for Batasuna Joseba Permach will address the attendants after the rally.

Basque leftist militants will hold a rally Saturday evening in the Basque town of Elgoibar to protest against the imprisonment of the leader of the outlawed party Batasuna Arnaldo Otegi.

After the protest, spokesman for Batasuna Joseba Permach will address the attendants, Batasuna sources reported.

Spanish judges sent the Basque leftist movement's most prominent politician to prison Friday on a terrorism conviction - more evidence of retaliation for the announcement this week by armed group ETA that it was calling off its cease-fire, analysts said.

Arnaldo Otegi, the 48-year-old leader of the outlawed Batasuna party, was arrested as he walked to a news conference in San Sebastian and was quickly jailed in the Basque city. The Supreme Court had rejected his appeal against a conviction and 15-month sentence handed down last year.

Batasuna called Otegi's arrest an act of "maximum gravity." It said the government of Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had silenced the leftist movement's chief representative.

Otegi was found guilty by a lower court of defending terrorism - a crime in Spain - through remarks he made in 2003 at a rally in memory of an ETA leader on the 25th anniversary of his death. In a nearly identical case in March, however, prosecutors dropped the charges at the last minute and Otegi walked free.

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