Truce

Spanish Separatists Call Ceasefire

Could this be the beginning of a long-awaited peace? Eta, a separatist group in Spain that advocates the independence of the country’s Basque region, announced in a video today that they had agreed months ago “not to carry out armed actions.” The group did not make clear whether the ceasefire would be permanent, nor did they promise to disarm. Over the last 50 years, Eta, classified as terrorists by the U.S., has used violent methods to campaign for their own state, killing more than 800 people in the process. It has been largely weakened in recent years by divisions within the Basque separatist movement as well as arrests of top leaders by Spanish authorities. Spain’s government has not yet publicly reacted to the news.