A disgruntled resident in the Basque town of Lazkao went berserk and attacked a local cafe, known to be frequented by Basque separatists. The man was angry because his apartment was damaged in a bomb explosion on Sunday night which had targeted the local Socialist party headquarters. Other Lazkao residents and local politicians held a silent protest against the rise in violence in the build-up to March’s elections in the Basque region and in Galicia.
Pollsters expect a surge of support for the Socialists among Basques, some of whom say they are weary after four decades of violence. The recent bomb attack, blamed on the armed separatist group was a reminder of the violent fringe of Basque politics. Parties accused of having links with ETA have been banned from the vote.