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ETA torn apart by arrests and defections

The first serious split in the armed Basque separatist group Eta for 20 years appeared at the weekend as two veteran members reportedly demanded to be allowed to renounce the use of arms and leave the group. The reported challenge to the group’s fierce disciplinary structure by Raul Angel Fuentes and Jose Maria Zaldua, who both have a record of violence, came as Eta hit its lowest point in 35 years with the arrest of seven suspected members. Fuentes and Zaldua had alleged “exhaustion” with Eta’s “lack of strategy” when they asked to leave the organisation, according to unnamed security sources quoted by the ABC daily newspaper. “There is increasing despair, disorganisation and disorientation inside the terrorist group,” the Spanish interior minister, Angel Acebes, said. “The veterans realise there is no future and nowhere to hide in any other country.” Full Story

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