In a move seen as keeping the pressure on ETA, Spanish police have arrested six people suspected of involvement in street disturbances. They were detained in a series of overnight raids in the Basque city of San Sebastian. Anti-terrorist police sources were quoted by Spanish media as saying the arrests were intended to disrupt radical youth groups that support ETA.
They have been blamed for a recent upsurge in vandalism and attacks on public property. Tensions in Spain have mounted since the armed separatists of ETA ended a ceasefire in June. Earlier this month almost the entire leadership of the illegal Batasuna party, ETA’s political ally, were arrested, adding to those tensions.