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O Broin launches book on Basque Nationalism and Radical Basque Youth Movements

25 August, 2003


Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin O Broin will this week launch his book MATXINADA Basque Nationalism & Radical Basque Youth Movements. The launch will take place on Thursday 28th August at 7pm in Connolly Books, East Essex Street, Dublin.

Matxinada sets out to provide the reader with an introduction to Basque nationalism and a chronology of the last 30 years of conflict between the Basques and the Spanish and French states. It also provides the first history of the various organisations and expressions which constitute the contemporary radical Basque youth movements

Walk through any protest or demonstration in Euskal Herria, whether in support of national independence, economic justice, women's rights, the Basque language, or environmental issues and you will be immediately struck by the age profile of those taking part. Meet with any of the organisers of these activities or the organisations who support them and you will find the same thing. Glance across the photographs of ETA political prisoners displayed throughout the bars and cafes in every city and town and again the first thing that comes to mind is the ages of the men and women imprisoned as a result of their desire to be free. Across the Basque Country, young people are at the forefront of the struggle for equality, justice and independence.'

Despite being the site of the last remaining armed conflict in Europe, little is known about the Basque Country, its people and its struggle for independence. Moreover, the last 30 years have seen the emergence of a vibrant and radical youth culture at a time when young people across Europe are turning away from politics.

Matxinada sets out to provide the reader with an introduction to Basque nationalism and a chronology of the last 30 years of conflict between the Basques and the Spanish and French states. It also provides the first history of the various organisations and expressions which constitute the contemporary radical Basque youth movements

Eoin Ó Broin is a Sinn Féin councillor from North Belfast . He has worked with political and social organisations in the Basque Country for the last number of years. He is also the editor of Left Republican Review.

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