ETA Exiles Return to Replace "Lost Generation"
ETA leaders who have come from Latin America, where they have lived as “refugees” for some years, are to take control of ETA’s “military apparatus”, antiterrorist sources have told La Razon. These individuals already have positions of responsibility in the group’s “logistical apparatus”. The big problem for ETA, according to the sources consulted, is that it has a whole generation in jail and its military apparatus is made up of individuals who fled, in the 1980s, or even before, to countries in Latin America – Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Uruguay and, at one time, the communist Nicaragua of the Sandinistas – and of terrorists who have come up through street violence, with greater fanaticism than experience. This lost generation has forced the group to use terrorists who were hiding in these countries, where they carried out logistical work, both to organize infrastructures to welcome new ETA members and to launder the income from the “revolutionary tax” through various business networks. The recent incorporation into the ETA leadership, after his flight from justice, of Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengotxea, alias Josu Ternera, has strengthened the role of this “gerontocracy” in ETA, which, prior to yesterday’s operation, controlled at least the “economic”, “political” and “logistics” “apparatuses”. Full Story