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10 arrested in Spain over suspected ETA links

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10 arrested in Spain over suspected ETA links


Spanish police have carried out a major operation against people suspected of having links to the Basque separatist group ETA.

Ten people have been arrested in Pamplona, including the son of the spokesman of the group’s outlawed political wing, Batasuna.

The operation is the first of its kind since ETA declared a permanent ceasefire on January 11. The Spanish government rejected the declaration, saying it did not go far enough.

Observers say authorities have made it clear they will continue to crack down on suspected ETA members, despite the offer of the ceasefire.

For the first time ever, the group said it would be prepared to allow international monitors verify the truce. But the government says what people expect is for ETA to disband, disarm and renounce violence.

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