Police arrested 24 in Spain’s Basque region Feb. 14 in a strike called by the outlawed Batasuna party to protest the banning of other parties supposedly linked to the armed group ETA. Strikers, mostly teachers and academics, held banners reading: “No to the violence of persecution, no to the banning of ideas.” Some chained themselves together and attempted to block traffic by placing cement-filled oil drums on the road leading into the northern city of Bilbao. Another two hung themselves by harnesses from a bridge over a commuter line, stopping trains from running. (AlJazeera, Feb. 14)
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