The mentors of the basque nationalist left

THE MENTORS OF THE BASQUE NATIONALIST LEFT

THE RADICAL BASQUE NATIONALIST LEFT ENCOMPASSES THE POLITICAL PARTIES THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY SERVED AS ETA’S POLITICAL ARM. TODAY THEY CONTINUE TO LEGITIMIZE THE TRAJECTORY OF TERRORIST GROUP AND REFUSE TO CONDEMN THE USE OF VIOLENCE. HERE ARE THEIR MENTORS

ARNALDO OTEGI

HASIER ARRAIZ

PERNANDO BARRENA

BAKARTXO RUIZ

MARIAN BEITIALARANGOITIA

ARNALDO OTEGI

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Five things you should know:

  1. He justifies the selective murder of 856 human beings.
  2. He joined ETA political-military in 1977 and ETA military in 1981.
  3. He was sentenced to six years in prison for kidnapping the businessman Luis Abatua.
  4. He served 15 months in prison for giving “thanks to all gudaris (terrorists)” who died attacking innocent civilians.
  5. In 2009 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Batasuna leaders, including him, proposed a project “that does not respect the rules of democracy”.

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HASIER ARRAIZ

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Five things you should know:

  1. He opposes the arrest of members of ETA convicted by the courts.
  2. In 2013 he claimed that murdering during the democratic period was “right”, “We defend what we were and what we are, what we have done and what we do.”
  3. In 2015, after a police operation against ETA, he said: “It is time for the Basque people to checkmate the Guardia Civil (Spanish Civil Guard).”
  4. In 2015, he defined ETA prisoners convicted of murder thus: “They are men and women capable of giving up their lives for a dream.”
  5. He justifies the selective murder of 856 human beings.

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PERNANDO BARRENA

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Five things you should know:

  1. He was arrested in 1985 for belonging to an ETA information commando.
  2. He was head candidate of Euskal Herritarok for the Parliament of Navarre in 1999 and included a terrorist of ETA in his list, Jose Luis Barrios, who was serving a sentence for the murder of Alberto Jimenez Becerril and of his wife, Ascension Garcia, in Seville.
  3. In 2007, he defined ETA as “a political agent of this country.”
  4. In 2015 he described as “shameful” the operation against members of ETA accused of belonging to a terrorist organization, money laundering and fraud against the Treasury.
  5. He justifies the selective murder of 856 people.

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BAKARTXO RUIZ

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Five things you should know:

  1. In 2012 she locked herself in the Parliament of Navarre to request the release of Josu Uribetxebarria Bolinaga, who committed multiple murders for ETA and kidnapped Jose Antonio Ortega Lara.
  2. In 2013 she said in the Parliament of Navarre that “torture forms part of the structures of the Spanish State”.
  3. In April 2015 she took part in a tribute to her brother, Zigor Ruiz, during the latter’s release from Herrera de La Mancha prison, where he was serving a sentence for being a member of ETA.
  4. She equates the victims with terrorists: “Victims are an important part, as are the prisoners too”
  5. She justifies the selective murder of 856 people.

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MARIAN BEITIALARANGOITIA

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Five things you should know:

  1. She was the Mayor of Hernani for ANV, a political party that was later illegalized for being part of ETA.
  1. In 2008, at a meeting of ANV in Pamplona, ​​she called for “a shower of applause, the warmest possible” to ETA members Igor Portu and Mattin Sarasola, who committed the attack against Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport, killing two people.
  1. In March 2015 she criticized a Guard Civil operation against ETA’s outer structure for being “a serious attack on coexistence”
  1. In April 2015 she came out against the arrest of members of ETA and called the umbrella organization for the families of prisoners an “association of victims.”
  1. She justifies the selective murder of 856 people.

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