The People’s Party MEP, Javier Zarzalejos, yesterday denounced to the European Commission the upsurge in street violence in the Basque Country, especially threats and attacks against Basque police officers, the Ertzaintza, and against members and supporters of the People’s Party.
In a letter delivered to the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, during their meeting yesterday, the MEP warns that the ethnicist nationalist ideology that gave rise to ETA is still present. Zarzalejos explains in his letter that attempts are still being made to whitewash ETA’s criminal record, legitimise its violence and humiliate the victims.
Zarzalejos recalls that the annual report of the Attorney General’s Office published last week warns of an upsurge in radical pro-independence violence, as the People’s Party has been doing. As the Spanish Attorney General has recently stated: “Despite the dissolution of ETA, the consequences of its activity continue to emerge in the present”, he says in his letter.