The Basque people of Spain once again have renewed their demands for autonomy and "political freedom".
The Basque people of Spain once again have renewed their demands for autonomy and "political freedom". Recently, they've resorted to mass demonstrations, but at a rally in the Spanish Province of Navarre on Sunday (25 September) their methods were more peaceful.
SYNOPSIS: Eighty-thousand Basques from their four provinces by the Pyrenees in northern Spain were attracted to the San Miguel de Aralar Mountain to celebrate their national day. They gathered at the summit, their sacred sanctuary, for what was more like a picnic outing after their recent demonstrations. Although the Basques live in Spain, many of them still speak their own Euskera language, and maintain old customs.
Included in the day's programme were items of traditional Basque music, played by a group of young children.
Although it was a family occasion, the more serious aims of Basque nationalism were not put aside, and many veterans and nationalists paraded with slogans and banners promoting their cause. During General Franco's rule the outlawed Basque nationalists supported a government in exile, and throughout those 40 years stood firm in their allegiance to the cause.
And today, in spite of a new, more liberal Spanish Government, the Basques are still demanding autonomy.