In light of the sentences that have come out these days (that of the Constitutional Court about the Parot Doctrine and our own case) we want to send some reflections that it is convenient not to forget at the time of faithfully analyze the current political situation that is occurring in our ancient Basque Country.

a) We transmit, in the first place, in front of all the patter that some members of of political class are lavishing these days the about the independence of the Judicial Power, the Rule of Law… (the judicial independence that the OCDE puts in 64th place Iran and Egypt)… we give to you a true piece of information: weeks ago, more than a month, our sources of information (including even some of those who informed us of March 11th) have passed on to us with total precision what was going to be the criteria of the sentence about the Parot Doctrine… and what the sentence was going to be (including the date that it would be made public!) in what they have called the Bateragune Case. Fine, this verification brings us to definitively settle any shadow of doubt as far as each and every one of the “judicial” decisions that affect Independence obey exclusively only POLITICAL criteria.

b) In the second place, I want to remind you that I have insistently stated that an agenda exists managed by the enemies of PEACE that seeks, with an ever higher degree of cruelty and desperation at the same time to collapse, block, the neutralize and destroy Peace Process put in march by the Abertzale Left and all of the Sovereigntist Movement. So we settle any shadow of a doubt about what is the nature and the will of manage this agenda: to prevent that Peace and Democracy open a path in the Basque Country.
This is the objective of and those who manage this agenda are Mr. Rajoy, Mr. Rubalcaba and Mr. Basagoiti, the intelligence services… etc.

c) And many are asking, why oppose Peace? … the reason is simple, they don’t have an agenda for it, they were comfortably installed (making a political business and even economic) in the “antiterrorist” scheme that allowed them to avoid responsibilities, to hide their true antidemocratic nature and to cover up the weakness of their political positions. Today peace terrifies them… and for that they need to block the Process and do so where they still have a real possibility, in the prisons, in the repression…. They need, because they know that to overcome the phase of the consequences of the conflict immediately brings us to the phase of dialogue about the causes of it. And they don’t have an agenda or a credible alternative for this phase, they know that they can’t use democratic reasons to oppose the desires of the Basque People to be respected as a Nation, with the right to freely and democratically decide their future.

d) These repressive attitudes (which do nothing but add more suffering to dozens of Basque families) try in this occasion to reach at least two added objectives:
d.1) On the one hand to seek the rejection of independence, the generation of new frustrations, the loss of confidence in our possibilities, makng us believe that we aren’t capable of making them vary their position of strength… no believe for one second… the strength of this state just measured itself to the rhyme of an Argentinian Tango, while the EU and the USA look the other way.
d.2) Also, this time the state has sought to “neutralize” a possible candidate for the coming elections in the Basque Country. You’ll understand that for me it means an added honor to be a militant of the Abertzale Left in which the State believes that with my candidacy the independence movement will win the elections in the Basque Autonomous Community. Fine, now we know which candidates aren’t to the liking of the enemies of Peace… so we are preparing with delight the most refined democratic responses: for the first time in the history of the Independence Movement we will dispute the elections with high possibilities of achieving victory in the coming elections in the Basque Autonomous Community.

Finally, let us never forget that just as the disappearance of the armed  was an indispensible condition (like the electoral and institutional presence) for our new strategy… they won’t be sufficient without organization, without struggle, without disobedience, peaceful, yes, … but disobedience…, definitely a strategy capable of organizing a massive political challenge to the Enemies of Peace.

This is the difficult path that we have chosen, the sons and daughters of Guernica , and Amaiur, of Telesforo and la Pasionaria, of Santi and Josu, of Jon, of Fidel, of Che… Smile because we are going to fight!
Arnaldo Otegi (in name of the Bateragune Five)


*Historical places and references of the struggle for freedom
*Telesforo. Telesforo Monzon, Basque nationalist leader; Pasionaria (Dolores Ibarruri), Basque Communist leader during the Spanish civil war; Shanti Brouard and Josu Muguruza: Abertzale left leaders killed by death squads. Jon idigoras: Herri Batasuna spokesperson.