Police in the UK, collaborating with the Spanish national Police, have arrested two ETA members, Antonio Troitiño Arranz and Ignacio Lerín Sánchez. With the new arrests, a total of five wanted ETA members have been detained in the past week.
The head of military recruitment for ETA, Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza, and his deputy, Javier Aramburu Sagarminaga, were arrested in France on Sunday. Both men were armed.
French police in Urruña have arrested alleged ETA member Ernesto Prat Urzainqui, on the ‘most wanted’ list since 2008.
A survey amongst Spaniards indicate that 57.4% think it ‘unlikely’ or ‘not likely’ that ETA will end its terrorist activities after the (latest) declaration to permanently cease armed activity.
The Belgian authorities, collaborating with the Spanish police, have arrested ETA member Ventura Tomé Queiruga who is wanted for the fulfillment of two sentences relating to attacks carried out in the eighties.
The Basque separatist organisation Eta says it has called a ‘definitive cessation’ to its campaign of bombings and shootings and has called on the Spanish and French governments to respond with ‘a process of direct dialogue’.
The French authorities in San Juan de Luz have detained ETA member Josu Esparza Iraizoz who had been on the run since January 18th 2011. Josu Esparza Iraizoz was the public face of Askatasuna in Navarra, responsible for organising press conferences, demonstrations amongst other things.
Just one week after ordering the release from prison of convicted ETA member Antonio Troitiño, responsible for over 20 assassinations, the High Court has issued a warrant for his arrest.
Guardia Civil officers have arrested two brothers in Legorreta, Guipúzcoa, on suspicion of being part of an ETA logistics unit responsible for distributing weapons and explosives within the organisation.
Two suspected ETA members have been detained in France following the shooting of a French gendarme at a police control point.