February 26, 2006
Victims of ETA’s campaign of violence led tens of thousands of protesters through Madrid on Saturday in a warning to Spain’s Socialist government not to negotiate with the Basque separatist group….
A sea of umbrellas, placards and flags moved slowly through Madrid’s posh Salamanca district, as the crowd shouted “Zapatero resign” and “Negotiation is surrender”.
Opposition conservatives have accused Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of being soft on ETA since his offer last May to talk to the outlawed group if it abandoned violence for good.
A recent poll showed most Spaniards agree with the policy.
It’d be a lot easier to throw rocks at Zapatero here if his policy were any different from Bush’s vis-a-vis Hamas, or Britain’s vis-a-vis the IRA. Of course, it isn’t.
Ah, what the hell. Peace in our time!