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Police arrest 18 from outlawed Basque youth group

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Police arrest 18 from outlawed Basque youth group


Police in Spain have arrested 18 members of an outlawed youth group that is suspected of links with Basque separatist group, ETA. Arrest warrants were issued for the youths after a Supreme Court ruling last month that their group, Segi, and two others were terrorist organisations.

The youths were captured in Bilbao while taking part in an unauthorised rally. Protesters included leaders of the outlawed Batasuna party – suspected of being ETA’s political wing.

Most of the 18 youths had already served four years in detention for belonging to the banned organisations but had been released.

Members of the three organisations have been involved in street violence in the Basque region -seen as underground support for ETA – such as burning buses and ATMs and throwing Molotov cocktails.

A 19th suspect is still at large.

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