Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It seems we are going to see an increased re-fascistization of our little "autonomous" slice of a country. Now streets are to be named after well known Spanish torturers like the infamous Melitón Manzanas, killed by ETA in 1968, just because they are "victims of terrorism" but Basque victims of Spanish death squads, like Argala because they once had some relation with ETA.
In fact José Miguel Beñaran Ordeñana, Argala, who was legally exempt of all charges by the 1977 general amnesty, and was murdered by a Spanish death squad in 1978. Argala, who took part in the much applauded execution of Franco's dauphin, Admiral Carrero Blanco, is widely considered a hero through the Basque country and certainly a victim of Spanish terrorism.
Well for the new Basque Ombudsman, appointed by a parliament that has zero democratic credentials, this is exactly what Basque towns have to do: erect monuments and name plazas to hated criminals like Carrero and Manzanas but not to heroes like Argala.
The Chechenization of the Basque Country is quite worrisome and can only lead to an encroachment and increase of the antagonism and not to any democratic solution.