[IWAR] SPAIN Attacks on banks

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Sun Dec 07 1997 - 10:05:40 PST

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                  Youths attack Spanish banks following Basque arrests
          Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1997 The Associated Press
       SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (December 7, 1997 12:17 p.m. EST
       http://www.nando.net) -- Hooded youths firebombed three bank branches in
       Spain's Basque region overnight after the jailing of 23 members of a
       pro-Basque independence party, police said Sunday.
       Two bank offices in the town of Azpeitia and another in the coastal city
       of San Sebastian were damaged in the attacks.
       The vandalism came hours after the final four of 23 leaders of Herri
       Batasuna were jailed for their recent conviction of collaborating with
       the armed Basque separatist group ETA.
       Saturday night, 5,000 young people marched through San Sebastian
       shouting slogans in favor of ETA and against the jailings. They burned
       Spanish and French flags as well as pictures of the king of Spain.
       On Friday, gunmen believed to belong to ETA shot a politician's
       bodyguard in the head and then exploded a car in San Sebastian in
       apparent retaliation for the Herri Batasuna arrests. He was in stable
       Herri Batasuna, the Basque region's third-ranking political party and
       one which tacitly supports ETA, had warned the arrests would have
       serious consequences.
       ETA, whose name stands for Basque Homeland and Freedom, has killed
       nearly 800 people since in a 29-year campaign for independence.

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