ETA to announce its dissolution, asks for “forgiveness”, demands “democratic solution” to Basque conflict
14 to 20 April
ETA to announce its dissolution.According to Basque broadcaster EITB, the announcement will take place in the Northern Basque Country the first weekend of May. The armed organization has sent a statement to Gara and Berria recognizing “damage caused,” asking for “forgiveness” to the victims and demanding a “democratic solution” to the Basque conflict, as for years has been asked for by Basque left-wing pro-independence parties. The Spanish government says the statement is the fruit of “the strength of the rule of law”.
Founded in 1958, ETA organized an armed struggle in the Basque Country aimed at achieving an independent and socialist Basque state. It fought against the dictatorial regime of Francisco Franco —of which it killed president of the government Luis Carrero Blanco in 1973— and the Spanish governments after the Transition. ETA’s armed attacks were aimed both against the military and civilians. In 2011, ETA announced the definitive cessation of its armed activity. In 2017, it explained that it was unilaterally disarming, under the supervision of the Artesanos de la Paz group.
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