On the streets of Spain the news of the ETA announcement is being digested. The country’s Socialist party, trailing badly in the polls in the run- up to next months parliamentary election, said it was a victory for democracy.
“Today ETA is not the protagonist, the main one is the Rule of Law because the Rule of Law has won. Democracy and institutions have won. For that reason today is the moment to congratulate the efficiency and commitment of the National Police, Civil Guard, Intelligence Services and all the security forces of this country because they did their duty with a lot of sacrifices. This is the moment to thank judges and lawyers for their work, and to all countries, particularly to France,” said Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, a Socialist candidate in next election
Our correspondent in Spain says: “Most of the political leaders in Spain have welcomed the news with a certain amount of caution. On the street the response is mixed, it may be the end but there are many questions.”
“If they have surrendered that’s great, I won’t believe it until it has actually happened,” said one woman while another asked: “Is this what has had to happen for them to understand? All the families who have lost loved ones, what of them now?”