In its first communique since the end of a 14-month ceasefire in June, ETA said the peace process launched by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offered no political solutions and only sought the group’s surrender.
“ETA will continue hitting the structure of the Spanish state on all fronts until achieving democratic conditions that allow the defence of all political projects,” the group said in the statement published in Basque newspaper Gara.
ETA, which stands for Basque Homeland and Freedom, said Spain’s Socialist government wanted to dismantle efforts to seek an independent Basque state.
“All of ETA’s efforts to reach an agreement and represent the rights of the Basque country have failed,” the group said.
ETA claims explosions
ETA used the statement to claim responsibility for July explosions on the Tour de France cycle course, an August car bombing of a Basque police station, the explosion of a motor home in August and an attack last week in the La Rioja region.
ETA has killed more than 800 people in four decades of armed struggle to create an independent Basque state in areas of northern Spain and southwestern France.
When ETA called off the ceasefire in June it also blamed the Socialist government for the breakdown in talks and vowed to attack Spanish police and other targets.
Spain’s ruling Socialist party today said ETA’s political proposals for a Basque state were unacceptable.
ETA has only minority support among Basques, polls show.
“They broke the ceasefire because the government rejected their political proposals and I want to tell the terrorist group ETA that we’ve said no and we’ll keep on telling them no,” said Jose Blanco, Socialist party secretary.
In the Basque city of San Sebastian police today broke up a rally in support of ETA prisoners and arrested the leader of an amnesty movement along with five others.
Spain’s central government had outlawed the demonstration and two people were injured as police and demonstrators clashed.