Protesters, who had been called by Batera organization, demanded the establishment of a territorial collectivity for the Basque territories in the French Republic, or Iparralde. This is the second demonstration this year that puts forward these demands.
The Basque group says that the French Government is not willing to talk about the establishment of a Basque territorial collectivity simply because the Northern Basque does not officially exist: "They take us for idiots", Batera members said during their speech at the end of the demonstration. Iparralde is currently included in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, one of the six departments that make up the region of Aquitaine.
Batera added that the Basque struggle will continue because "there has never been such a broad political consensus" on these claims in the Northern Basque Country.