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Anger as government invites still-armed ETA to negotiating table

IN A cafeteria in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, near where her brother, a policeman, was murdered, Paquita Sanz Biurrun, 53, says: “Carlos came home for lunch one day when four Basque terrorists shot him point-blank several times. That happened in 1979, but it still feels like yesterday.” She is one of hundreds of relatives of ETA victims – some 850 in its four-decade struggle to create an independent Basque state in northern Spain and south-west France – who joined Saturday’s massive demonstration in Madrid. They are furious that Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, has reversed his initial position and agreed to start negotiations on a Basque political settlement before ETA gives up its weapons.Full Story

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