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”.
The Vitoria-Gasteiz police charge on 18 may 2015, which lasted several hours and injured a dozen people no longer has legal support. In the“human wall” –a hundred people showed passive resistance to protect the people who had been condemned– Aiala Zaldibar, Igarki Robles and Ibon Esteban were arrested. Some days before the police had arrested Xabat Moran, Marina Sagastizabal, Bergoi Madernaz and Ainhoa Villaverde. In 2014 the Spanish National High Court judged the seven and they were sentenced to six years of imprisonment for being members of an “armed group”.
But a higher court declared the decision invalid, as the Spanish Constitutional Court has stated, because legal proceedings had not been respected, the defence having had no opportunity to present its allegations. In fact, the defence made an appeal, but the National High Court –with judge Angela Murillo in charge– illegally ordered the arrest of the seven young people. And the Basque police carried that order out.
As reported in ARGIA magazine, this is not the first time that the Basque police has asked judge Angela Murillo for permission to arrest people condemned in order to avoid the resistance that they have come up against in other “human walls”. So, without wasting time or gong through any legal procedures, the police arrested these people.
As the defence of the accused explained to radio station Hala Bedi, the judges did know that the prison sentence against the young people had “no legal basis” and that “maybe that was the reason why they decided to overlook their rights and warranties.”
In fact, a few months after they were arrested five of seven were acquitted and Villaverde and Esteban’s sentence was reduced to two years. The defence attorneys have said they are considering the possibility of making a complaint to the Spanish State for the harm caused by the judges’ actions. “We do know, however, that the damage cannotbe repaired,” they added. The seven young spent almost a year in prison, and another year and a half before hand in provisional imprisonment.
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Over recent weeks a public building in Nabarreria Street in Iruñea (Navarre, Basque Country) has become identified with social struggle. Maravillas gaztetxe or youth centre –a self-managed Basque community centre– It has been closed several times by the Government of Navarre and reoccupied by citizens.
On Saturday around 85,000 people took part in the demonstrations in Bilbao (Bizkaia, Basque Country) and Baiona (Lapurdi, Basque Country). In defence of Basque prisoners' rights, they demanded the French and Spanish governments keep their word.
The workers at Huerta de Peralta in Azkoien, Navarre, are on indefinite strike since the 26th December in order to defend their rights and demand that the company reinstate the four workers it has sacked. They held a multitudinous demonstration in Iruñea on 7th January, and many citizens supported the workers.
This Basque Autonomous Community association has asked the authorities not to fumigate pine trees affected by harmful fungi using copper oxide because that would be harmful to public health and the environment.
ARGIA is the senior Basque publication, and it now has its 100th anniversary. Members of ARGIA, along with representatives from the Basque Government, have presented the acts which will be held to celebrate the anniversary. "A century is no ordinary anniversary, and our team has been preparing appropriate celebrations for a long time now", they explained.
The workers have decided to go on strike until they get acceptable working conditions and regular contracts, and a sector-wide agreement is reached.
Klika (‘Click’) is the slogan which has been chosen for this year's Korrika ('Run'), which is the 21st time it will be held. From April 4th to 14th it will go all around the Basque Country, starting at Gares and finishing at Gasteiz. The pro-Basque language run will pay tribute to Jose Luis "Txillardegi" Alvarez Enparantza for his contribution to Basque culture, activism and thought.
The event will take place on May 5th, and the intention is to show solidarity which is often hidden from view. A symbolic gesture will be used to that end: the embrace.
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.