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Writers Sign Statement Denouncing Basque Nationalist Violence

More than a dozen prominent writers, including the Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer and Günter Grass, have signed a strongly worded attack on Basque nationalist violence, which they say condemns citizens of the Basque region to live in fear. “Although the memory of the Holocaust is honored in Europe,” the statement said, “few Europeans realize that today in the Basque country, free citizens are abused and murdered.” The six-paragraph statement was published today in advance of regional elections on May 25, which are likely to show that voters remain split almost evenly between pro-independence and centrist parties. Full Story

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