9-25 June.
Anniversary of SORTU.
Repression against Basque political exiles.

Anniversary of SORTU

Last week marked the first year since the political formation of independentists of the left, SORTU, was legalized.

With a year having passed since the Spanish Constitutional Court emitted a sentence declaring the political formation SORTU legal, we would like to make a balance of the year that has passed.

As we said then, and that the year that has passed has demonstrated; the legalization of SORTU was a victory of the wide social majority in the Basque Country.

During these twelve months that have passed by, the state has demonstrated once and again what is their attitude facing the new political time in the Basque Country, the state insists on maintaining postures of blockage and even open regression. Behind this attitude is the strategic commitment of the state for our people; the denial of our rights and repression.

The consequence of this imposition of the state in the Basque Country is that the political project of an elite minority is imposed over the majority will of Basque society. A majority will that expresses itself in very specific terms: sovereignty and social change.

In SORTU we are not willing to stand with our arms crossed before this situation and we are going to fight to change it, we are supported by 50 years of political struggle for independence and socialism. For us, one of our main challenges is to give an impulse to the new times that are being lived in the Basque Country with all the flow of the popular struggle, creating a new model of doing politics.

It is the moment to begin to think as a People and to respond to the aggressions as a people. But as a people we also have to build alternatives, for the resolution of the conflict as well as for favouring a transformation of the social model. SORTU commits itself to facilitating wide agreements, authentic agreements for the country, among Basques, so that sooner than later we can, in a scenario of democratic normality, decide our future in peace and freedom.

On the other hand, in an interview given to the GARA newspaper by the Coordinator of the National Council of SORTU, Hasier Arraiz, he affirmed that they are creating conditions to unblock the process.

He warned that the state doesn’t have the willingness to advance in the resolution of the conflict, so the path will not be easy. But he considers that every day there are more social sectors and political agents of the Basque Country that share this diagnosis and the determination that we will only have a future as a people if we are capable of responding as a people. This will make the process advance and that the violence and repression against the sectors most committed to social and political change will convert into a weakness for those against them.

To achieve this objective he considers that to continue advancing in alliances that facilitate a scenario of multilateral commitments will cause the sovereigntist process to advance.

Repression against Basque political exiles

Repressive response from the governments to the commitment from the collective of the Basque political exiles.

A week after the Basque political exiles expressed their commitment to the resolution process that the Basque Country is living the French police arrested two members of this collective.

After a strong media campaign against Basque political exiles, the Spanish Home Secretary and various Spanish media outlets, after the act in Biarritz in which they expressed their commitment with the political process that our country is living, the French police arrested on Monday two Basque refugees who lived a normal and public life in the north of the Basque Country.

Despite the media intoxication against these two Basque citizens, the following day they were set free under judicial supervision, waiting for a legal process which will examine the Euro-orders against them emitted by the Spanish authorities.

From SORTU we consider that these arrests leave France in evidence that they follow the trail of irresponsibility and a lack of vision along with Spain in facing this new political time. With these arrests, the French government has given a pathetic response towards the desire of dealing positively with dynamics such as those shown recently by the collective of exiles.

France, as well as Spain, is spurning the opportunity for peace that was opened by the International Conference of Aiete and the later decision from ETA to put an end to their armed activity and they prefer to continue to fuel the police repression with the end of trying to hide their responsibilities in relation to the Basque political conflict.