Seven alleged members of an offshoot of the Basque separatist group ETA were arrested in northern Spain in the early hours of this morning.
They are said to belong to the radical group Askapena, seen as the foreign propaganda branch of the armed organisation.
It is clear from this that Madrid is in no mind to abandon its hard line against ETA and its offshoots, despite the announcement of a ceasefire last weekend.
The arrests were made in and around the towns of Vitoria and Pamplona.
Officials have rejected the group’s latest announcement of a permanent ceasefire, saying they are waiting for a complete renouncement of all violence.
More than 400 people have now lost their lives in during ETA’s four decade-long armed campaign for an independent homeland in northern Spain and Southwestern France.