In Spain the Basque guerrilla organisation ETA have claimed responsibility for killing three policemen outside their barracks in San Sebastian on Saturday (7 April).
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Background: In Spain the Basque guerrilla organisation ETA have claimed responsibility for killing three policemen outside their barracks in San Sebastian on Saturday (7 April). The claim made in notes to news organisations followed another shooting on Monday (9 April) in the Basque town of Villafranca where a right-wing garage owner was killed by two hooded gunmen. police claim that ETA are the suspected killers.
SYNOPSIS: In Bilbao in the heart of the Basque region an estimated one hundred thousand people marched through the streets calling for the release of suspected separatist guerrillas and shouting slogans against the French government.
The rally organised by the moderate Basque Nationalist party (PNV), Socialists and other leftist groups was in protest at the confinement of more than one hundred suspected ETA guerrillas in Soria jail outside the Basque country.
The Basque separatists who want autonomy for the region to replace rule from Madrid were also calling for an end to French government collaboration with Spanish authorities in rounding up suspected ETA members living in France.
A total of thirty-eight people have been killed in political violence in Spain already this year and ETA has claimed responsibility for twenty-eight of them. The moderate Basque nationalists have denounced the use of violence in the fight for autonomy but joined Saturday's (April 7) demonstration to protest against the alleged infringement of human rights by the authorities in relation to ETA suspects.
The attack on the police in San Sebastian on Monday (10 April) was the worst ETA attack since January and in quick response to the appointment of General Ibanez Freire, a former head of the Civil Guard to combat guerrilla violence throughout the country, especially in the Basque region.