Broken Peace

The Basques are mythical people. No body knows their origin. But they had existed before the Romans arrived in Europe. They speak a unique language, Euskara, that does not resemble to any language in the world. No country has such a high percentage of Rh negative blood type holders like Basque. Their cultures and customs have nothing to do with the ones of the neighboring countries. Basque region spreads between the northern Spain and south-west France. The beautiful region has been cursed with the longest war in Europe. ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom) was founded in 1959 against the dictatorship of Franco, who banned Basque language and oppressed the people. ETA started its violent campaing since 1968 for the independence of Basque Country, claming more than 800 lives. On March 22, 2006, ETA declared "Permanent Cease-Fire" for the first time in its history. But the peace process did not make any progress. At midnight of June 6, 2007, ETA broke the cease-fire.



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