SPAIN-BASQUE LANGUAGE

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SPAIN-BASQUE LANGUAGE
ETA SAYS SPAIN, FRANCE TRYING TO ELIMINATE BASQUE LANGUAGE<­

BILBAO, SPAIN (AP) _ THE ARMED BASQUE SEPARATIST MOVEMENT ETA ACCUSED THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT WEDNESDAY OF TRYING TO SNUFF OUT THE BASQUE LANGUAGE.
THE CHARGE CAME IN A STATEMENT PUBLISHED IN A RADICAL NEWSPAPER, EUSKADI INFORMACION. IN THE BASQUE LANGUAGE, KNOWN AS EUSKERA, EUSKADI IS THE WORD FOR THE BASQUE COUNTRY, A REGION STRADDLING THE BORDER BETWEEN SPAIN AND FRANCE.
ETA TOOK ISSUE WITH “ENEMIES OF EUSKERA WHO DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN EUSKADI.”
IT SAID THE GOVERNMENTS AND SPAIN AND FRANCE WERE TRYING TO “CLOSE OFF THE LANGUAGE AND FORCE IT INTO A GHETTO TO BE ELIMINATED LITTLE BY LITTLE.”
“FRANCE AND SPAIN ARE MAINTAINING THEIR IMPERIALISM,” THE STATEMENT SAID.
EUSKADI INFORMACION IS A MAKESHIFT PUBLICATION THAT SURFACED AFTER THE DAILY EGIN WAS SHUT DOWN IN JULY OVER ITS ALLEGED LINKS TO ETA.
AN ESTIMATED 600,000 PEOPLE SPEAK EUSKERA IN THE SEVEN BASQUE PROVINCES IN SPAIN AND FRANCE, ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY, IN SAN SEBASTIAN.
IT WAS AMONG REGIONAL LANGUAGES THAT WERE OFFICIALLY BANNED UNDER THE DICTATORSHIP OF GEN. FRANCISCO FRANCO FROM 1939 TO 1975.
ETA, AN ACRONYM THAT STANDS FOR BASQUE HOMELAND AND FREEDOM, HAS KILLED ALMOST 800 PEOPLE IN A 30-YEAR FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY OF NORTHERN SPAIN.
02 SEP 98




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