Josu Ternera in France

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Josu Ternera in August 2002 in a demonstration of the Basque nationalist party Batasuna in Bilbao.
Picture: AFP

Since 2002 “Josu Ternera” was on the run, now he was arrested in the French Alps. He was the political head of ETA, which for years led a bloody fight for the independence of the Basque Country.

NA year later on the run, one of the leaders of the former Basque underground organization ETA, “Josu Ternera”, was arrested on Thursday in France. This was announced by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior. “Josu Ternera” was therefore set in the early morning hours in Sallanches in the French Alps.

Josu Ternera, actually named José Antonio Urrutikoetxea Bengoetxea, was the political head of ETA, which has killed more than 800 people in its more than four decades of fighting for an independent Basque country. “Ternera” was on the run since 2002.

ETA announced in 2011 the end of its armed struggle. In April 2017, the organization claimed that it gave up its weapons completely, in May 2018, it declared its final resolution.

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