Basque separatist group ETA lowered its weapons 10 years ago. Has reconciliation truly happened?

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Screenshot of YouTube/BBC video depicting footage of ETA members putting ‘arms beyond use’ in October 2011. Ten years ago, on October 20, 2011, the Basque armed group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, “Basque Country and Freedom”) finally declared “a definitive cessation of its armed activity.” This was what Basque and Spanish societieshad long been waiting for. It would take them until 2018 to formalise their dissolution, but October 20 is marked in the calendaras a day of liberation, especially for those whose lives were at risk. The Basque Country was finally going to have the chance to become a …

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