As the Basque separatist movement ETA appears to be re-igniting its decades-old battle against the Spanish government, one man has been making his own appeal for peace. Carlos Pena has just swum 150 kilometres along the Basque coastline calling for an end to the conflict.
“I hope that my efforts will not be in vain,” said Pena, arriving in Getxo. “I hope it will make people think.”
Business owners in the Basque region certainly had a lot to think about today after receiving new extortion demands from ETA, of up to 400,000 euros per company, to be paid in small banknotes.
Basque businesses are regularly forced to pay a “revolutionary tax” but the entrepreneurs claim these latest demands are more threatening and for higher sums.