Two Basque liberation activists - one Frenchman and one Spaniard - spoke to newsmen in the French Basque seaside town of Biarritz on Friday (11 October).
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Background: Two Basque liberation activists - one Frenchman and one Spaniard - spoke to newsmen in the French Basque seaside town of Biarritz on Friday (11 October). Monsieur Koko Abeberry, Director of the Basque liberation movement ENBATA, which was dissolved by the French Government on 9 October, was supported by an ex-patriot Spanish colleague, Senor Zigor.
Both men spoke emphatically of their determination to continue the struggle for Basque independence - an issue which has received world-wide notoriety since the execution of five Spanish terrorists by General Franco's Government last month.
Monsieur Abeberry insisted that their fight is being conducted legally in France - by means of a massive publicity campaign designed to arouse public opinion in favour of the Basque cause for self-determination.
He also said that such activity is not possible in Spain and that because of this the Basque has no other means to achieve their ambitions except with weapons. He claimed this as ample justification for the terrorist organisation ETA.
Senor Zigor said that everybody involved in the Basque struggle was convinced that their efforts would be rewarded and that today no country could ignore that the Basques would soon be free.
The Basque country covers an area of northern Spain around the town of Bilbao, San Sebatian and Santander and part of South-Western France from Hendaye to Bayonne. It has an ancient culture and its own language.
The town of Biarritz in south Western France is one of the most sophisticated seaside resorts in Europe. It is also in the Basque country and on Thursday two Basque liberation activist spoke to newsmen there about their cause....
Monsieur Koko Abeberry is a French Basque who is Director of the Basque liberation movement ENBATA, which was dissolved by the French Government on Thursday. He insisted that the campaign being undertaken by Basque activists in France is entirely legal...he said that they are attracting attention to their cause by means of a planned publicity effort designed to arouse public opinion in favour of the Basque cause for self-determination.
The Basque country covers an area of northern Spain centred on the town of Bilbao and part of south western France close to the Spanish border. Its campaign for a separate identity has been in progress for many years, but has recently hit the headlines since the execution of five Spanish terrorists by General Franco's Government last month.Basques have their own ancient culture and language. Monsieur Abeberry's Spanish Colleague, Senor Zigor, fled to France because he was unable to conduct his struggle for Basque independence in his native country. Both men said that they felt that because censorship laws in Spain prohibit publicity as a means of expression, the use of force by Basque terrorist organisations was justified. Senor Zigor went on to say that he felt that today no-one could ignore the fact that soon the Basques would be a free nation.