Ó Snodaigh travels to Basque Country to support demands for civil and political rights
Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh was in the Basque Country this weekend to participate in a major rally in Bilbao to protest at the decision of the Spanish High Court to prevent Basque political party Batasuna from holding its Congress in the city. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bilbao to support calls for civil and political rights. Speaking from the Basque Country Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This weekend tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bilbao to support calls for civil and political rights. The decision of the Spanish High Court to prevent Batasuna from holding its Congress is in stark contrast to comments from senior political figures including Spanish Premier Jose Luis Zapatero who recently said that he was upbeat about the prospects for political progress in the Basque Country. If the Spanish government is serious about conflict resolution then dialogue and inclusion is the best way to move forward.
“My message to those in attendance at the rally was to not to be deterred by those who would pursue policies of criminalisation because such strategies will never succeed.
“There is a huge opportunity for political progress in the Basque Country and Sinn Féin will continue to do all that we can to help.”ENDS