In Spain on Friday (7 July) the wife of the former leader of the Basque nationalist organisation ETA was buried in Mondragon.
In Spain on Friday (7 July) the wife of the former leader of the Basque nationalist organisation ETA was buried in Mondragon. She died in hail of machine-gun bullets on Monday during an attack on her husband Juan Jose Echavez. Mr. Echavez was seriously injured int he attack, and is still in hospital. The killing was part of a rising tide of violence and protest in the Basque region. An extreme right-wing group has claimed responsibility.
SYNOPSIS: The attack on Rosario Arregui de Echavez came outside the restaurant she ran with her husband in the southwestern French town of St. Jean de Luz. The military wing of ETA has accused Spanish Government agencies or mercenaries of being responsible for the shootings. In a statement ETA said Mr. And Mrs. Echavez had been perfect examples of lives devoted to the cause of the Basque people and an independent Basque nation.
Juan Jose Echavez a founder member of ETA had ceased to play an active role but his restaurant was a well known meeting place for activists. Vengeance for the murder of a Basque journalist who investigated ETA aims has been suggested as a possible motive.
Friday's funeral procession was peaceful. But earlier in the week about 2,000 Basques marched on the French consulate in San Sebastian Chanting anti-French slogans. The Basques accuse the French of co-operation with the Spanish authorities against ETA. There were protest strikes against the attack in Spanish Basque town.
French police have found the car used in the attack and recovered a machine-gun and two revolvers. On Saturday (8 July) the killing in the Basque region continued with the murder of a part-time magistrate.