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Thirty-four years later

On 25 March, the dispersal of Basque prisoners officially ended. According to the head of the El País line, "34 years later, the Spanish Ministry of the Interior has put an end to the dispersion of ETA prisoners". The Basque media also reported the date, while political parties published their reading. For example, the PNV, as usual, once again used the occasion to point out that Basque prisoners had to reflect and ask for forgiveness and recognition for the pain caused. Meanwhile, EH Bildu highlighted the date as "moral victory."

With these incidents, my memory machine was launched. My first trip to a Spanish prison was in 1980. The Gypsy and Basque women I found at the gates of Carabanchel taught me a lot of things, and in a way, it was my first lesson about female cooperation. Then travel and miles increased. So for years, every weekend, a ritual was set up in my life: appointments, packages, calls, small hour trips so I don’t get late… And now I’ve realized that I never wondered about the meaning of that vengeance.

When I hear the justifications for the policy of dispersion, I feel a huge rage and at the same time despair.

My weekend ritual ended and my life returned to normal, but for many weekends I have remembered the walkers of love. Many have aged on the roads, some have lost health and life… and all in return for nada.Por that, when I hear the justifications of the policy of dispersion, I
feel a great anger and at the same time despair. I believe that the end of the violation of rights after 34 years cannot be considered a "moral victory". Moreover, I still find it offensive that the authorities have imposed a dispersion to relieve the pressure of ETA’s management.

Dispersion was established as an instrument of war against terrorism, for which the State authorities had the invaluable assistance of the PNV, and its use meant the violation of the fundamental rights of a collective person. It was neither legal nor legitimate; not 34 years ago, not today. Not when the struggle was armed, nor after the dissolution of ETA. Because when powers condition individual and collective human rights, nobody is sure, and in Euskal Herria we know that well.

From now on, the friends and relatives of the Basque prisoners are not going to travel as many kilometres and their lives will surely be a little easier. Too many years have passed, and unfortunately some have not been able to get here…, because in these 34 years the policy of dispersion has been criminal. Let us not forget that!

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