Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sarkozy's Anti-Basque Crusade

It was just a matter of time before France's Nicolas Sarkozy would start showing his full support for Juan Carlos Borbon's repressive campaign against Basque society.

Yesterday 17 Basque citizens from different political parties and associations were detained in pre-dawn raids, once again the name of Basque-phobe judge Baltasar Garzon was mentioned as the mastermind behind the operation.

Here you have the article regarding this issue published at the International Herald Tribune, a news outlet close to the Spanish Ministry of Propaganda:

French police arrest 17 suspected Basque militants

The Associated Press
Published: September 24, 2008

PARIS: Police arrested 11 suspected Basque militants Wednesday in southwest France in two separate investigations, including the financing of terror attacks in France and Spain, officials said.

The 11 — all French nationals — were being held in police custody after being questioned Wednesday.

Seven were questioned in connection with explosions in 2006 that slightly damaged a hotel in the French Basque country owned by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, according to a judicial official in Paris. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation and asked not to be identified by name.

The four other suspects were questioned as part of a preliminary investigation into an alleged illegal money transfer from the Basque Communist Party in Spain to people residing in southwest France and close to the Spanish Basque movement, the official said.

French police searched the French headquarters of the pro-independence Batasuna party, authorized in France but banned in Spain. Batasuna members were reportedly among those arrested.

The investigation into Communist Party funds allegedly transferred to France to finance attacks was opened based on information supplied by Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon.

The arrests were made in sweeps along France's border with Spain. Officials had originally reported 17 arrests.

Like I said, yes, they were 17 arrests that violate the political rights of the Basque people living in Iparralde under French occupation. Yet, the Spaniards and their supporters in the international arena claim that the Basques are Spaniards and that the Basque conflict is not of an international nature.

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