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ETA: Spain aims to end the reign and pain

Michael Vincent reported this story on Friday, July 31, 2009 12:30:00

PETER CAVE: The Spanish Government has vowed to hunt down the remnants of the Basque terrorist
group ETA after two bombings in the past two days.

Yesterday a blast on the island of Majorca killed two Civil Guards. A day earlier a car bomb
injured dozens of Civil Guards in the city of Burgos.

While ETA hasn't formally claimed responsibility the attacks come on the 50th anniversary of that
terrorist group's formation.

Michael Vincent reports.

MICHAEL VINCENT: The island of Majorca is one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations.

British tourist Dave Wilkinson was just 300 metres from the blast.

DAVE WILKINSON: We heard a loud explosion and we actually saw the trees around us sort of move. We
ran around the corner to see what was going on and as we arrived around the corner we could see a
big plume of black smoke and a car actually on fire in the middle of the road.

At the side of the street there was a gentleman on the floor and there was two men standing above
him administering CPR, trying to resuscitate him.

Shortly after that a police car arrived and asked us all to sort of stand back as there may be
another bomb.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Those fears were confirmed when another bomb was found a short time later and
defused.

The first bomb killed two members of the Civil Guard. There had been no warnings.

ETA hasn't claimed responsibility for these latest attacks but they are being blamed.

Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba:

(Alfredo Perez Rubal Caba speaking)

ALFREDO PEREZ RUBALCABA (translated): We have always known that they are murderers and savages,
always. Today we also know that they are murderous savages and crazed and this doesn't make them
strong but it undoubtedly makes them more dangerous.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Majorca's airport and seaports were initially closed in the hopes the attackers
could be trapped on the island.

There are hundreds of convicted ETA members in jail and Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero has vowed
that those behind these latest attacks will soon join them.

(Jose Luis Zapatero speaking)

JOSE LUIS ZAPATERO (translated): Those ETA members who are today in custody and those who are
serving long prison sentences show the fate that awaits the perpetrators of these latest attacks.

They have absolutely no chance of hiding. They cannot escape. They cannot avoid justice. They will
be arrested. They will be sentenced. They will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

MICHAEL VINCENT: The only reason being suggested for this latest string of bombings is today's
anniversary of ETA's formation.

Terrorism analyst at the ANU Professor Clive Williams:

CLIVE WILLIAMS: Well ETA was formed on the 31st of July, 1959 so obviously today is their
anniversary. And I think that their current wave of activity if you can call it that is really
geared to show that they are still around and that they are still relevant.

But the reality is that they have been losing support in Spain. I think that the Basque generally
who of course are in Spain and France are now much more prepared to participate in the normal
political process in those two countries and are not supporting this kind of violence. So I suspect
it is only a very small cell involved.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Is it perhaps the work of some diehards that see no other life but terrorism?

CLIVE WILLIAMS: That's right. I mean it's similar to other groups like, although there is a peace
agreement in Northern Ireland you have still got people who are involved with the Continuity IRA
and the Real IRA. These are people who haven't moved on you know and ETA has the same problem.

PETER CAVE: Terrorism analyst at the ANU Professor Clive Williams. Our reporter was Michael
Vincent.