The situation in the Spanish Basque province of Guipuzcoa remains calm following the introduction of a three-month state of emergency in the area.
The situation in the Spanish Basque province of Guipuzcoa remains calm following the introduction of a three-month state of emergency in the area. The state of emergency follows the kidnapping last week of the West German consul in San Sebastian and the start of a military trial in Burgos of 16 Basque nationalists accused of guerrilla activities.
The state of emergency allows the police powers of search without warrant; indefinite detention, and the government the right to banish anyone to any part of Spain.
There have been a number of demonstrations and strikes in the Guipuzcoa region and other parts of Spain against the military trial of the Basques. Opposition has come from traditional liberal quarters, including university students and lecturers, and also from senior bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. Two of those on trial at Burgos are priests.
The West German consul, who is reported to be alive and well, was allegedly kidnapped as a hostage for the Basques on trial. The prosecution has requested the death penalty for six of those on trial.