"Damages, public disorder and threats" and "attacking authority" are the crimes which the Spanish National Court has charged eight young Basques with.
The judges decided against trying them for "terrorist crimes" because it was not clear that what happened had "terrorist objectives" or that the people who took part were connected with "terrorist organisations". They have charged them, however, with "major abuse and hatred", arguing that the events took place "for ideological reasons and out of hate for the Civil Guard" (the Spanish special armed forces).
The judges decided to sentence the maximum punishments for "damages, public disorder and threats". Oihan Arnanz and Iñaki Abadi have been sentenced for 13 years; Jokin Unamuno and Adur Ramírez de Alda for 12. Jon Ander Cob, Julen Goikoetxea and Aratz Urrizola have been given 9 year sentences, while Ainara Urkijo has been given 2 years.
A few days after the sentence the Civil Guard arrested Jon Ander Cob, Aratz Urrizola, Iñaki Abad and Julen Goikoetxea; the others have already spent a year and a half in prison. The same day as the arrests 9,000 people demonstrated against them. The young people's parents have asked people to "carry on filling the streets".
A Cause for Anger
As a result of a brawl between a group of locals from Altsasu (Navarre, Basque Country), two Civil Guards in civilian clothing and their sentimental partners in a bar in Altsasu at 5 am on 15th October, 2017, one of the agents had an injured ankle and seven young people were imprisoned. They were each in danger of facing between ten and fifteen years in prison.
The case caused great anger and the prisoners' relatives and friends have led a ceaseless campaign for justice. 20,000 people came together in Altsasu shortly after the arrests. After spending a year and a half going from town to town asking for support, on 14th April more than 50,000 people filled the centre of Iruñea behind the slogan "It isn't Terrorism; Give us Justice".
The case has been followed by many newspapers such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera and the New York Times.
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The Strasbourg Human Rights Court has punished Spain for not giving Arnaldo Otegi a fair trial. As a result of the unfair trial the Basque Left leader spent six and a half years in a Spanish prison, as did a further four people on trial in the Bateragune (´Place for Coming Together') case.
The trial on the murder of Iñigo Cabacas has started in Bilbao, atthe third Court of Bizkaia. Six Basque policemen will be judged for being in charge of giving orders or for having admitted firing rubber bullets on the day of the murder. Other Basque policemen also shot rubber bullerts, but their identity has just to be disclosed at the trial.
On 6th October thousands of people took to the streets of Gasteiz (Araba, Basque Country) for Okupatu Gasteiz Eguna (Gasteiz Squatters' Day). Their aim was to congratulate the city's squatter movements and self-managed projects and, in spite of the city council's censorship, proclaim that the streets belongs to everybody. The day started with a colourful demonstration, but that was followed by a festive spirit which lasted until the early hours of the next day.
On Monday Bilbao City Council (Bizkaia, Basque Country) opened what it has called "Zorrotzaurre Island". At the act local people expressed their disagreement with the project.
Sustrai Erakuntza foundation has presented a proposal for the improvement of railway system resources as an alternative of the High-Speed Train (HST) –Abiadura Handiko Trena in Basque (AHT)– that is planned to be implanted in Navarre (Basque Country).
On October 2nd a worker on the High-Speed Train works died in Zizurkil (Gipuzkoa). It is the second death in these works in just a few days and the ninth in recent years. According to the main Basque trades union the reason of the large amount of deaths is poor working conditions.
They were arrested in 2015 after being accused by the Ertzaintza (Basque police) of being members of pro-independence organization Segi. The Spanish Constitutional Court has now declared the order for arrest and imprisonment invalid and “against the law and rights”.
On Sunday the Basque police stopped and attacked a multitudinous peaceful march against the incineration plant which is being built in San Sebastian, Basque Country.
Atxuri train station in Bilbao (Basque Country) will stop receiving trains in 2019. Local people have reflected on the new uses for the space in a participative process initiated by the Lokomotorak (Locomotive) project.
Since 2005 Zabalgarbi incineration plant located In Bilbao, has dumped 600,000 tons of waste material –polluting substances that are left after burning residue materials– at various sites in Biscay without taking proper control measures, Zero Zabor Bizkaian (Zero Waste in Biscay) platform has reported.