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Anderson calls for release of Basque political prisoners

24 March, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate release of Basque political prisoners to assist the country's peace process. 

Speaking after chairing a meeting in support of Basque political prisoners at the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said; 

"I chaired a session of a conference organised by the Basque Friendship Group at the European Parliament today to mark the fifth anniversary of an international declaration calling for the release of Arnaldo Otegi. 

"Five years on, despite the support of a range of international figures, including Gerry Adams and Harold Good, the issue of Basque political prisoners has still not been dealt with. 

"One of the issues facing Basque political prisoners today is the detention of prisoners far from their homes. At today's conference I recounted my own experiences as an Irish republican political prisoner in English jails.

"The continued imprisonment of Basque prisoners is an unnecessary obstacle to the Basque peace process and the remaining prisoners should be released immediately."

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