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ETA bomb protest at outlawing of two parties

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ETA bomb protest at outlawing of two parties


Although no-one was hurt in this morning’s ETA bombing of the Ferrovial headquarters in northern Madrid, it is the first time in over two years the Basque terrorists have been able to break out of their homeland to strike at the Spanish capital.

Ferrovial is the lead contractor in the high-speed train project Spain is building through the Basque country to link up with France and Madrid. Some hardline Basque nationalists are against the project and the construction sites in the Basque country are regularly sabotaged. However this morning’s attack also had a political dimension as it came just hours after Spain’s Supreme Court outlawed two parties linked to Basque extremists, preventing them from taking part in the March 1 regional elections. Campaigning begins tonight. “The police had already discovered links between the outlawed Batasuna and the two new parties, Askatasuna and D3M, which the Supreme Court outlawed last night. The state prosecutor then formally recognised those links, and what happens? ETA strikes, thus proving the point that the prosecutor’s decision was right,” said Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Batasuna was outlawed in 2003 and all its renamed successors have met with the same fate. Tomorrow, anti-terrorist judge Baltazar Garzon will decide on whether or not to ban the pair from all political activity.
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