During the dabate this Tuesday in the Congress of Deputies on the proposal not of law presented by Citizens to prohibit tributes to ETA members, the spokesperson for EH Bildu in the Lower House, Mertxe Aizpurua, has recognized that “there are still steps to be taken” for “coexistence” in the Basque Country and has said that the “Basque independence left is not alien to the pain of the victims of ETA.” However, in his usual exercise of justifying activities in favor of ETA prisoners, he added that he is also aware of the “pain generated to Basque families” with the exceptional prison policy for “Basque prisoners.” “We ask that an issue as complex as this not be used as a political weapon.”
For his part, the deputy from United We Can, Roberto Uriarte, has demanded that EH Bildu leave the words and go to the facts. Uriarte has asked for an end to the tributes to ETA members who have been released from prison; known as ‘Welcome’ -‘welcome ‘in Basque-. In this debate, the party of Ines Arrimadas has called on the Lower House to urge the government to act against these acts that humiliate the victims of the terrorist gang AND.
Uriarte has surprised by his tone and has demanded that the families with losses due to the ETA murders not be “revictimized”. «You have to go from words to deeds. Has announced Mertxe Aizpurua [portavoz de Bildu en el Congreso] that they are going to take steps, because we are looking forward to seeing them. I strongly ask Bildu to put an end to all the ‘ongi etorri’ ”, he said during the debate, although afterwards he distanced himself from his own speech announcing that his group will vote against the Cs initiative because, according to him, it will not wants to “help generate headlines.”
United We Can is the coalition partner of the PSOE in the Government and both managed to carry out the last State’s general budgets with the backing of EH Bildu, heir confluence of the outlawed Batasuna, political arm of ETA. Despite the pending “steps” of Bildu, such as an explicit condemnation, without nuances or equidistance of terrorism or to put an end to those tributes, the Executive did not hesitate to introduce it in the “direction of the State”, as said the former vice president and former leader of Podemos Pablo Iglesias.
The socialist Sonia Ferrer, which has not clarified the meaning of the PSOE vote -the initiative will be voted on this Thursday-, has criticized the ‘ongi etorri’, but has regretted that precisely what its organizers are looking for is political and media focus. “We are going to put an end to this phenomenon, which disgusts us, but here the forms do matter and we must comply with the law,” she affirmed, and later celebrated that while she grew up watching the ETA attacks on the news, now her son ” he does not know what it is. “The position of this political group is clear and blunt: the same intolerance against those who invade the public space with any act of glorification of violence,” he concluded, mixing the ‘ongi etorris’ with the neo-Nazi demonstration this month in Madrid Chueca neighborhood.
Aizpurua had spoken before them, who has recognized that “there are still steps to be taken” for “coexistence” and has said that the “Basque independence left is not alien to the pain of the victims of ETA.” However, in his usual exercise of equidistance, he added that he is also aware of the “pain generated to Basque families” with the exceptional prison policy for “Basque prisoners.” “We ask that an issue as complex as this not be used as a political weapon.”
Miguel Gutierrez, who has presented the initiative of Cs, has raised applause in several benches asking at the beginning of the debate for recognition of the associations of victims of terrorism. “The whole of Spain has been horrified by the attempt to pay homage to the murderer Henri Parot,” he criticized, and demanded that the PSOE and United We can prevent the streets of the Basque Country become a “sanctuary for terrorists.” They have an instrument in their Democratic Memory Law, with which they can avoid, he has ironized, that it becomes a “law of amnesty, amnesia or selective memory.”
The final text -which needs the votes of the PSOE to prosper the day after tomorrow and because of Ferrer’s presentation it is not at all clear that this is going to be- arises from a transactional amendment between Cs and the PP. The popular Ana Beltran He has gone directly to the socialist bench and has accused them of being unable to take the necessary steps to end the ‘ongi etorri’ because they need Bildu’s votes to govern. “President Sánchez and Minister Marlaska are shepherds who take care of wolves,” he declared.
Same line followed by Vox and by other parties like UPN and Forum. Antonio Salva, victim of ETA and deputy of Vox, has warned Bildu that not a single of his words will be believed until the members of the dissolved ETA contribute to the Justice to clear up the gang’s more than three hundred unsolved murders. «I would like to go see my son in Huelva instead of three meters underground to bring him a flower (…). To your Lordships in Bildu I tell you something very clear: I do not wish you to have your son murdered, “he has settled, alluding to Bildu’s complaints about the dispersal of ETA prisoners.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism