After being criticised over its response to an ETA bomb attack over the weekend, the Spanish government has now toughened its position. Organisations representing victims of the armed Basque separatist group were among those who demonstrated. This, after the Prime Minister said planned peace talks were suspended but not completely called off.
At a press conference in Madrid on Tuesday, however, Spain’s Interior Minister took a tougher line. “The process is over. ETA broke off, liquidated, put an end to the peace process,” said Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, repeating the phrase twice. He went on to say that all political parties will be called on to work together to find solutions to fighting terrorism in Spain.
Rescuers are still searching for the bodies of two men from Ecuador believed to have been killed in the attack at Madrid airport. ETA’s political ally, the Batasuna party, has insisted that it still wants to negotiate. The country’s attorney general is quoted as saying that he does not believe that Spain faces a new ETA bombing campaign, despite the latest attack.