In France, the Basques have started a campaign to oppose co-operation between French and Spanish authorities in the apprehension and extradition of people charged with terrorism in the two countries.
In France, the Basques have started a campaign to oppose co-operation between French and Spanish authorities in the apprehension and extradition of people charged with terrorism in the two countries. In the southern French town of Biarritz, a group associating itself with Spanish Basque separatist movement has claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion that ripped apart the offices of a tourist company. And in Bayonee, a massive demonstration protested the court appearances and possible extradition by Spanish police of two alleged Basque Separatist guerrillas living in France.
SYNOPSIS: "Iparretarrak" or "those from the north", as French Basques call themselves, bombed the offices of a company building a new tourist complex at Miramar. The group is linked with the Spanish Separatist Basque movement. They oppose what they call the luxury tourist industry in the south of France, and claim that fifty percent of the land in Cibourne and Urrugne is owned by foreign investors. They also maintain that the tourist industry exploits workers because they are only employed temporarily, adding to the swelling numbers of unemployed.
At Bayonne, thousand of demonstrators were called out by a Humanitarian Association representing Basque refugees on Tuesday (3 April) to protest the possible extradition of two Spanish men, Mikel Giokeotxea and Mattin Apaolaza are allegedly Basque separatist guerrillas.
Spanish police say they are responsible for the murder of two paramilitary civil guards in San Sebastian last year.
On Wednesday (4 April) -- the expected day of the courts decision on the extradition of the two men -- striking customs agents paralysed Spain's road and rail links with France, in protest at the treatment of Basques living there.
Several factories in the Spanish Basque country also closed to protest the French crack-down on the nationalists living in exile in France. French police have ordered several alleged Basque guerrillas about of the French Basque country after complaints from Madrid that the separatists were involved in attacks within Spain.