The Basque separatist group ETA is threatening to target the north-eastern Spanish region’s incoming government.
Announcing its intention to launch a campaign of violence in the journal Gara - ETA said it expected fascism and a violation of rights from the new regional administration.
The Socialist Party will take control of the Basque Country in the next few weeks after an election victory over Basque nationalists who have been in power since 1980.
Prime Minister Patxi Lopez will head a new coalition government of socialists and conservatives.
But, speaking on Basque National Day, Juan José Ibarretxe, the outgoing Basque prime minister castigated the ETA rebels: “ETA is superfluous to the Basque society, it is superfluous to our lives. We need to life in peace. Nothing has done more harm to the Basque people, in the world, than ETA’s violence, nothing.“
In February this year ETA claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on offices in Madrid, the first attack since a bomb exploded at Madrid airport in 2006, killing two people, which led the government to break off peace talks with the separatists.
ETA threatens new campaign of violence