Altsasu, a sleepy Basque town in Spain‘s northernmost province of Navarre, was shocked on July 4, when a prosecutor’s office announced (PDF) that eight of its residents will be facing a total of 375 years in prison on terrorism charges. The eight young Basques had a fight with two civil guards and their girlfriends in a local bar in the early hours of October 15, 2016. Three of the defendants have been under arrest since November 2016.
The eight young men and a woman are facing charges of “terrorist injury” and “terrorist threat” for being involved in what many activists consider a simple “bar brawl”, possibly motivated by historical tensions between Basque nationalists and the Civil Guard.
Full article at Al Jazeera’s website. Date of publication 10/07/2017