There have been further demonstrations by Basque nationalists demanding total amnesty for political prisoners, this time in San Sebastian.
TVS: Basque march through streets of San Sebastian, Spain, and demonstrators carrying banners and demanding release of all political prisoners (TWO SHOTS)
GV PAN: Demonstrators with Basque flags and banners
CU & MVS: Demonstrators through streets with banners and flags, singing nationalist songs. (TWO SHOTS)
TV: Demonstrators chanting.
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Background: There have been further demonstrations by Basque nationalists demanding total amnesty for political prisoners, this time in San Sebastian.
SYNOPSIS: More than 80,000 marched on Saturday (3 september) through the city centre carrying banners demanding the release of all political prisoners. Earlier more than a quarter of a million people had marched in Bilbao.
Large demonstrations by Basque nationalists have been an almost daily occurrence since the end of the widely published freedom march in Pamplona last Sunday (28 August). The march through San Sebastian was noisy but peaceful. Demonstrators also demanded the release of the Basque guerrilla leader Miguel Apalategui, who is being held in France pending an extradition application from Spain in connection with a political murder earlier this year. Apalategui has gone on a hunger strike and is reported to be in critical condition.
He's also reported to have said that if the French did hand him over to the Spanish police, they would only hand over a corpse.
It's understood the Spanish government may try to have preliminary talks with the Basque government in exile soon.