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  1. 05 Sep '10 10:14
    Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'

    Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

    In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".

    Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11191395
  2. 05 Sep '10 10:15
    Does this mean ETA will attempt to pursue their goals through democratic means in the future?
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    05 Sep '10 10:40
    Yay!
  4. 05 Sep '10 11:03
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'

    Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

    In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".

    Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11191395
    Thanks for telling us so soon, and maintaining the suspense, ETA.
  5. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    05 Sep '10 11:09
    I wonder if they'll be able to put the gangsterism - that helped fund ETA and helped them to silence non ETA Basques - behind them.
  6. 05 Sep '10 20:37
    Originally posted by FMF
    I wonder if they'll be able to put the gangsterism - that helped fund ETA and helped them to silence non ETA Basques - behind them.
    I wonder if they will actually keep their word, apparently they declared cease-fires earlier only to break them. I'm also interested to see if there will be any 'real ETA' or similar appearing in the near future if they do keep their word.
  7. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    05 Sep '10 20:41
    Originally posted by FMF
    I wonder if they'll be able to put the gangsterism - that helped fund ETA and helped them to silence non ETA Basques - behind them.
    Gangsterism is everywhere.
  8. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    06 Sep '10 15:25
    Spain dismisses Eta ceasefire as 'insufficient'

    "The Spanish government has dismissed as "insufficient" a ceasefire by Eta, saying the Basque separatist group must renounce violence forever."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11197409


    Presumably following the NI model, it is not sufficient for paramilitary groups, or their political wings, to 'suspend' violent conflict in the hope of participating in the democratic process; a commitment to complete cessation of violence is required by the government of Spain before Batasuna will be allowed to thus participate.
  9. Standard member MacSwain
    Who is John Galt?
    08 Sep '10 19:31
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'

    Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

    In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".

    Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11191395
    Historically, when groups such as this declare a "cease-fire" it means they desire a lull in the action so they are not interfered with while they re-arm.
  10. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Sep '10 03:35 / 1 edit
    ETA's motto is Bietan jarrai ("Keep up on both" ), referring to the two figures in its symbol, a snake (representing politics) wrapped around an axe (representing armed struggle).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euskadi_Ta_Askatasuna


  11. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    09 Sep '10 03:43
    Originally posted by MacSwain
    Historically, when groups such as this declare a "cease-fire" it means they desire a lull in the action so they are not interfered with while they re-arm.
    Yes, sometimes maybe. But I think - bearing in mind there have been thousands and thousands of armed struggles over the centuries that petered out in "ceasefires" and "armistices" and the like, I think the more accurate sweeping statement would have been ... "Historically, when groups such as this declare a "cease-fire" it means they are probably done for once and for all although occasionally it is merely a desire for a lull in the action so they are not interfered with while they re-arm".
  12. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    11 Sep '10 06:58
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'

    Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.

    In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".

    Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11191395
    I was always under the impression that ETA was created to oppose Franco.
    And after he died, they sort of lost the plot.

    As if the Basque region could financially sustain itself??? hahaaha

    *BOOM*