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The Case of Basque Political Prisoners

The AAJ takes note of the announcement by ETA of the definitive cessation of violence and calls on the Spanish government, as well as the French, to initiate conversations with representatives of the Basque people to resolve subjects referring to the right to self-determination, prisoners and political exiles, ETA’s disarming and the reparation of the victims’ families. We hope that through dialogue a political resolution can be found, which effectively guarantees the end of the conflict.

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Pat Sheehan: We were freed on the condition that the IRA wouldn’t break their ceasefire

original interview in GARA basque newspaper

Pat Sheehan, ex prisoner and Republican deputy, makes a brief review in this interview of the conditions that made possible the emptying of prisons thanks to the Good Friday Agreement (1998)

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On January 7th we have to empty Euskal Herria to fill the streets of Bilbao

As we have said on numerous occasions throughout the past months, the Abertzale Left considers that in order to advance in the process of political and democratic normalization, tackling the situation of political prisoners is a question of the highest priority.

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Otegi’s letter sent in the name of all five convicted in the “Bateragune Case”

Before beginning, we’d like to express our thanks to all of those who today, and throughout the past weeks, have shown their support and solidarity. With your permission we would like to share that solidarity with all Basque political prisoners and with revolutionaries around the world who are criminalized for their activist commitment.

With the arrests two years ago they tried to impede that the change of strategy in the Basque Left was done in a cohesive and orderly fashion. Today with this harsh sentence they are only have one objective: trying to impede in the coming weeks and months that we take steps, in consonance with new strategy we’ve adopted, secures the new scenario in Euskal Herria in a definitive and irreversible way. They couldn’t stop the former and we won’t let them stop the latter.

We had the occasion to transmit to you from the cells of the National Court that we desired to offer an olive branch to those who judged us and sentenced us. We weren’t allowed to and that fact is a highly significant metaphor for the objective they seek: to let the olive branch fall, to in this way go back to scenes of violent confrontation and again to give them their excuses which hide their absolute political weakness and their reactionary and authoritarian character, that leaves the Basque Country with no alternative other than economic crisis, denial of our rights and the most cruel repression bouncy castles for sale.

Yes. We have to say it loud and clear, powerful forces still exist which are installed in different sectors of the state that manage an agenda whose only objective is to impede peace in Euskal Herria.

The agents who manage this agenda of lies and repression are trying on this occasion, and we want them to know that we are aware of it, to keep the new steps towards the definitive and irreversible character of the democratic process that has opened in Euskal Herria from happening.

They will not succeed!

Because, Mr. Lopez, Ares, Rubalcaba… if peace doesn’t come to Euskal Herria at the hands of an inexistent Spanish State of Law, then it will come at the hands of those who support the right to state for the Basque people.

For that we make a call for all of those who are in favor of a Basque democratic process: strengthen the path taken and abide by the decisions and commitments that we’ve acquired (with our own people and with the international community). Because the best response is to strengthen the path that we’ve chosen.

Two things to close with; first, we want our heartfelt congratulations to reach the Palestinian people for the initiative carried out in a unilateral way before the United Nations; we are with you… Long live the Palestinian people!

Second, while we wrote this letter we had passed through the prison at Burgos and many were the memories that came to mind: the Trial of Burgos (a kiss Itziar, Txutxo, Julen, a big hug Jokin!). Also from this prison on September 27, 1975, they took Angel Otaegi out to be shot (together with Txiki and three members of the FRAP), so many struggles, so much suffering… but now we are on the right path and never forget what the Bertsolari said in Elgoibar: smiling is another way of baring your teeth!

Free Otegi – Free Them All

Website of the International Declaration to free Arnaldo Otegi & to bring Basque political prisoners home:

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