Basque militant group ETA 'completely dissolved'

Basque separatist group ETA declares end to its armed fight for an independent homeland

Basque Armed Group ETA Makes Its Dismantling Official

The Basque militant group ETA says it has "completely dissolved all its structures" after a 60-year armed independence campaign, but the Spanish government vowed Wednesday, May 2, 2018 not to abandon the investigation of crimes from the group's violent past.

While ETA is now consigned to history, the letter said, the drive for Basque independence would continue.

"This is not the end of ETA that we wanted and, above all, is not the end of ETA we deserved", she said.

ETA, whose initials stand for "Basque Homeland and Freedom" murdered 443 civil guards and police, 58 businesspeople and 39 politicians in a bid to create an independent state in northern Spain and southern France.

Speaking per day after an ETA letter surfaced saying that it'd "completely dissolved its arrangements", Rajoy stated the group had failed to imposing by way of violence a different Basque state. The letter was sent to figures such as former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan to reassure them that ETA was firm in its decision to disband, the representative said.

The last victim of ETA was a French policeman in 2010, and in 2017, the group announced its definitive disarmament.

"They will not obtain a thing for making a declaration they call a dissolution", he said.

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ETA was founded in 1958 during General Francisco Franco's dictatorship and evolved from promoting Basque culture to paramilitary activity.

In 1973, it killed Luis Carrero Blanco, Gen Franco's prime minister, with a vehicle bomb.

"I don't believe in the end of ETA because there are lots of deaths that haven't come to light, lots of murders that have never been cleared up, lots of victims who have not been compensated", said Carmen, an economist who lives in the Basque city of San Sebastian, declining to give her surname.

Some 300 ETA members are imprisoned in Spain, France and Portugal and up to 100 are still on the run, according to Forum Social, a group close to prisoners' families. The militant group itself had hinted that a final declaration would arrive this week.

"This is not the end of ETA we wanted", Consuelo Ordonez, head of the Covite victims' association, said Wednesday at a gathering in San Sebastian.

With more and more ETA prisoners released from jail, nationalists say reintegration into society is a necessary step towards lasting peace and reconciliation.

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