Friday, November 07, 2008

Spain Insults Basque Refugees

Sadly, the article you're about to read contains an useful idiot by the name of Natalia Benjamin.

As it happens, this article published by the BBC informs us that the Spanish government is willing to grant the Spanish nationality to the Basques living in England who as children were evacuated during the invasion by Franco, Mussolini and Hitler's forces to the Basque Country. Notice who Spain refused to recognize the right to self determination to the Basques but dares to bestow the Spanish nationality to the very victims of Spain's imperialist and totalitarian past.

Not one single Basque and their descendants should ever apply to obtain the Spanish nationality, they would be betraying all those Basques who died fighting against the European fascists powers from 1936 until 1945, and beyond since they continued to demand their independence from the different Francoist governments.

Here you have the article:

Nationality for 'Basque children'

An Oxford woman is welcoming a new law which will allow "Basque children" and others who fled the Spanish civil war to apply for Spanish nationality.

Four thousand children were evacuated to Britain as refugees in 1937 and more than 100 came to Oxfordshire.

Now, they and their descendants are to be allowed to apply for citizenship.

"I am pleased," said Natalia Benjamin, who runs the Basque Children of '37 Association from her home in Oxford, "It is long overdue."

Ms Benjamin, 64, is half-Spanish. Her mother, Cecilia Gurich, fled Spain in 1937, as Franco's troops advanced.

She now plans to apply for a Spanish passport.

"It is good, because I am finding my Spanish roots in middle age," she said.

"I regret not having asked my mother more, or having listened more while she was still alive.

"I will apply for sentimental reasons, to get back my roots."

History's 'overlooked'

Ms Benjamin set up the Basque Children of '37 Association so the children who found refuge from the Spanish civil war in Britain would not be forgotten.

There were four "colonies" for Basque children in Oxfordshire; in Thame, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Aston and Faringdon.

"Eighty members of our association are Basque children," said Ms Benjamin.

"They are now in their seventies or eighties and are often overlooked in history books.

"It's very sad that women who fled Spain and married foreigners lost their nationality.

"Now they can get a Spanish passport and their descendents can also."

The measure is part of new legislation that aims to compensate and rehabilitate victims of Spain's 1936-1939 civil war.

An estimated 500,000 people died in the war, which left Spain a dictatorship under the rule of the Fascist General Francisco Franco.

Please, feel free to contact the members of the Basque Children of '37 Association to inform them that they have no need to betray their forebears by acquiring the Spanish nationality, after all, it was the Spaniards the ones destroying the right of the Basques to have an independent republic, to have their own statehood, which is why they had to be evacuated so they would not be murdered like the children at Durango or Gernika.

And, don't forget, you can always request your Basque nationality document known as EHNA from Udalbiltza.

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