At a press conference held shortly before the 6th of July, work carried out throughout the year has been appraised by feminists and other social stakeholders in Iruñea (Upper Navarre), and they have noted that several declarations made over recent days about San Fermin have made that easier, while others have made it more difficult.
In Iratxe Alvarez and Maddi Lasa's opinion, several media have given the impression that the Iruñea feminist movement and other anti-rape movements were set up as a reaction to the gang rape which took place during the San Fermin Festivities in 2016, but that impression is wrong: "Beyond the headlines, we have been working for years", they stated.
They believe that the people of Iruñea's reaction to sexist attacks has been exceptional, and see it as the result of ceaseless work. They emphasised that the feminist movement had brought that about, accompanied by other social movements, and it has been supported by official organizations since 2014.
They reminded those present that every year collective decisions are taken, protocols are renewed and campaigns are held in order for women to have safe areas during San Fermin. During recent weeks many initiatives have been started with regard to San Fermin: on July 6th, the start of the festivities, wearing black T-shirts instead of the usual white ones has been proposed; suggestions that women should not take part in San Fermin, on the other hand, have been questioned, but not agreed upon or seen to have any clear purpose. They denounced such proposals as "erasing" the work which has been carried out, and doing so this year would have "a negative influence on local dynamics".
They believe that doing that would be "harmful" for the struggle against sexist attacks. "We see that as outside intervention which would affect and weaken the collective work carried out in Iruñea", they stated. They made it clear that opinions are always welcome "as long as the necessary communication routes are followed, they are checked first with movements in Iruñea, and they are specific to our situation".
"Our announcements are specific, situated within the context of overall campaigns, and some of them have long-term objectives", they stated, also denouncing the presence of "many opportunistic dynamics" which are no help to women who have been attacked or towards the objective of attack-free festivities.
They have repeated the message so often stated since the gang rape of 2016: focusing on a single case makes other attacks become invisible. They reminded those present that all attacks are important, and that all women who suffer them need our solidarity.
They restated their commitment to achieving festivities without sexist attacks, and spoke in favour of feminist self-defence, while also wishing all women good festivities.
Informazio askea lantzen dugu ARGIAn, langileok gara proiektuaren jabeak eta gure informazioen atzean ez duzu sekula multinazionalik, bankurik edo alderdi politikorik topatuko. Gure ustez, burujabetza guztien oinarrian dago informazio burujabetza, ezagutzen dugunaren gainean pentsatzen eta erabakitzen dugu. Horregatik diogu kazetaritza independentea dela demokraziaren oinarrietako bat.
Aldizkaria paperean etxean edo e-postan PDFan jaso nahi duzu? Pozik hartuko zaitugu ARGIAko komunitatean. ARGIAkoa izateko, nahi eta ahal duzun ekarpena egin dezakezu, eta bueltan egoki ikusten duzuna eskatu. Indartu dezagun indartzen gaituena!
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.
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.