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Spain Shuts Down Basque-Language Paper

Police shut down a Basque-language newspaper on Thursday and arrested its editor-in-chief and 10 other executives on suspicion of aiding the armed separatist group ETA. Hundreds of Civil Guard police wearing ski masks and bulletproof vests fanned out across the Basque region and neighboring Navarra to search and then board up the offices of the daily Egunkaria. They seized documents and computer equipment. The newspaper has a circulation of about 15,000 and is Spain’s only newspaper published exclusively in the Basque language. Justice Minister Jose Maria Michavila told national radio the newspaper was a communications tool for ETA. When police arrest ETA commando groups, the pages of Egunkaria alert other operatives, Michavila said. He declined to say how. Full Story

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