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De Brun calls on Spanish to end repression and open dialogue

21 February, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Equality and Justice Bairbre de Brún, speaking at the beginning of Slógadh Shinn Féin in Armagh this afternoon, criticised the closing down of the Basque language newspaper Egunkaria by the Spanish authorities. She called on the Spanish to bring an end to repression and open dialogue. Ms. de Brun said:

"There is growing concern at the deterioration of the situation and the absence of any dialogue or process to move the situation forward. The banning of Batasuna and a whole range of Basque language and culture organisations and the wide-ranging measures of repression and censorship in force right across Basque society are wrong and should end immediately.

"Our experience of conflict resolution has shown that the only way that progress will occur is on the basis of inclusive dialogue based on equality and respect.

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