Two activists displayed a banner on behalf of the Basque Youth in
Buckingham Palace. The banner refers to the on- going trial of young
people who were members of the Basque separatist youth organization
Two of them had climbed the palace fence and chained to it. The banner
read : ’Basque Younth deffending civil and political rights’ . The
metropolitan police arrested the two chained to the door within 15 minutes
and the other two only when they went down of the gate by themselves.
Protests in Ireland in solidarity with banned Basque Youth movement
Author : Ireland
Description : From the newswire : (Ireland, 12th March 2005) Forty people in
Dublin, sixty in Belfast, fifteen in Galway and twen ty in Derry gathered
to express their solidarity with 42 Basque Youth activists of the Basque
pro- independence left youth organizations Jarrai, Haika and Segi and who
have been brought to courts in Madrid for a show trial and who are facing
a total of 654 years in prison for their political work defending Basque
youth rights and Basque Country’s right to self-determination. The judge
and the state prosecution allege that "these organizations are all ETA".
(Ireland, 12th March 2005) Forty people in Dublin, sixty in Belfast,
fifteen in Galway and twenty in Derry gathered to express their solidarity
with 42 Basque Youth activists of the Basque pro- independence left youth
organizations Jarrai, Haika and Segi and who have been brought to courts
in Madrid for a show trial and who are facing a total of 654 years in
prison for their political work defending Basque youth rights and Basque
Country’s right to self-determination. The judge and the state prosecution
allege that "these organi zations are all ETA". Trials against the
political party Batasuna, two anti-repression organizations, two
newspapers, one magazine, a publishing house, etc. are to follow. All
these organizations and media have been banned in the last 7 years. Judge
Garzon became famous worldwide for his attempt to extradite Chile’s former
dictator Augusto Pinochet from London to Spain a few years ago, but he
looks elsewhere when Basque detainees are brought in front of him covered
in bruises or with signs of deep psychological shock after the customary
five day incommunicado period of interrogation (4 Basque detainees have
died in police custody since Spanish "democracy" began). In the last 7
years Judge Garzon has been dismantling various nationalist left
organizations and Basque media, arguing that at the end of the day they
are all ETA. He has arrested and put in jail some 200 people. No matter
how little evidence he has to support his comprehensive theories, the
trial had to begin last month, s ince under Spanish law the authorities
can hold a prisoner on remand for up to four years. In fact, nine of the
accused youths had to be released from jail last Friday, for they
completed their remand period without being tried. They are now awaiting
the result of this show trial together with another 33 youths. They are
all accused of belonging to their respective youth organizations, which
the judge argues are part of ETA. They could get up to 654 years in total.
Since freedom of association was finally recognized by the Spanish state
in the late seventies after dictatorship, the Basque nationalist left
youth organization Jarrai and its successors Haika and Segi have been
working for better conditions for the youth, for promoting alternative
ways of life like the Gaztetxes (self-managed centres for the youth),
against conscription, etc. This is not a criminal case but a political one
where the accusations are collective, not based on individual acts. By
Judge Garzon’s standards tens of thousands of Basque people could be
imprisoned any time. So far he has got some of the more determined and
committed to achieve a free Basque Country. Ironically, some of those 200
people to be tried in the near future have publicly criticized ETA through
the years. In Belfast, the spokeswoman for the campaign asked for
international support to stop the Spanish ad French States ferocious
repression against Basque civil and political rights activists and Basque
left wing pro-independence movement. At the same time she denounced the
silence of the Irish government and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern during the
time that Ireland held the European Union Presidency last year. The EU
should not support such illegal and antidemocratic policies within the
union but it should rather help to initiate a peace process in the Basque
Country aimed to bring justice and freedom. These protests were
coordinated by the Irish Basque Committees- Coistí na mBascach-Éireannach
and Ógra Shinn Féin and supported by numerous people and groups like ex-
republican political prisoners, Belfast Socialist Youth and Irish
Republican Socialist Party. We want to thank everybody for coming along.
The solidarity campaign will keep going strong for the next few weeks with
more events. These issues are of concern to anyone who stands for human
rights such as freedom of organization and __expression. Anybody who wants
to join the campaign can contact us through : firstname.lastname@example.org
Berlin : "end with the repression against the baskische youth"
Euskal Herria askatu !
On the occasion of the trial beginning against members of the baskischen
youth organization SEGI explains Christoph grumble, the citizen of Berlin
national speaker of the Party of Democratic Socialismnear youth
organization [ `solid ] - the socialist youth : the process began last
Monday, against 42 members of the socialist baskischen youth organization
SEGI. Altogether the public prosecutor’s off ice demands 625 years
detention for the accused, whereby the principal defendant is to disappear
alone 120 years behind Spanish curtains. The only crime which to them to
the load is put is the political cooperation in this youth organization
forbidden meanwhile. To the load is put in addition to the principal
defendant, he is responsible for two-week road battles in the entire
Basque country, which broke out after the prohibition of the organization.
This absurd reproach is justified with the fact that it expressed itself
after its arrest on a press conference against the prohibition of the SEGI
By this argumentation of the public prosecutor’s office it becomes clear
that it concerns with the process an open attack on all politically
working humans in the Basque country and is the socialist movement, which
has a large anchorage in the population to be switched off. We are for a
critical discussion over the socialist movement in the Basque country. To
be created t o prepare however it is a public our task as socialist youth
federation these processes to be brought up for discussion and around this
repression an end.
The fact that this process is not an individual case and not is limited on
Spain, shows us the events of the last years. In Magdeburg against three
young people because of education of a combination of terror was
determined, whereby large parts of the anti-fascists structures in the
otherwise brown Magdeburg were destroyed. That the reproaches designed and
on the hair had here-pulled, remained however for the broad public hidden.
We demand therefore, the release of all political prisoners and an open
procedure against national repression attempts, on it aim at left
movements to weaken and destroy in Germany, Europe and everywhere !
the socialist youth LV Berlin
London : hunger strike is held in solidarity with the Basque prisoners and
There, 10 people who are helding a hunger strike on behalf of Inigo
Makazaga and Basque prisoners were there too togetehr with Inigo’s mother
and friends and many other sympathisers.
The hunger strike is held in solidarity with the Basque prisoners and
Inigo Makazaga, a Basque held in London’d high security prison of
Belmarsh, whom are in hunger strike since the 15th March.
The Basque Political Prisoners collective are holding the hunger strike in
order to both denounce their treatment and
also to reclaim their right to take part in the peace process.
Inigo Makazaga is a Basque young man (26) awaiting for extradition. he has
been kept like this for four years despite his charges have been dropped.
Basque Campaign (London solidarity group on behalf of Inigo and the Basque
Country) has organized also symbolic lock
out for this weekend 18th -20th March at Rampart social centre (Rampart
Street). Other solidarity groups th rough out England will be also taking
part in the two day long feast, where different activities such as talks,
video screenings ...will be held.
Free Inigo !
Free all the basque prisoners !
Free all political prisoners !
Portugal : protest outside the spanish embassy
After the protest in London, other protests are happenning in other
countries. In this case, this is the photo of the protest outside the
Spanish embassy of Lisbon.
Basque sympathisers protested for the banning of Batasuna from
participating in next elections.
(from Euskal Herria Indymedia : http://euskalherria.indymedia.org)
See also : http://www.livejournal.com/users/euskalherria