Following the execution of five urban guerrillas in Spain, tension has been mounting in the Basque region of the country and in south-western France.
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Background: Following the execution of five urban guerrillas in Spain, tension has been mounting in the Basque region of the country and in south-western France.
On Sunday (5 October) three civil guards died when their vehicle was blown up near San Sebastian in Spain. On Wednesday (8 October) the Madrid newspaper, Informaciones, reported that three members of the Basque separatist guerrilla organisation ETA were killed in St. Jean-de-Luz in France. And also on Sunday 1,000 women blocked border traffic at Hendaye in France in protest against the Franco regime.
Because of these incidents - and the continuing activity of Basque guerrilla organisation on both sides of the border - both the French and Spanish authorities have stepped up their security efforts and all traffic is being subjected to close scrutiny.
Hendaye, in France, is normally busy with Spanish shoppers, but because of the tension they no longer visit the town.
Also in Hendaye a local priest who is secretary of an organisation set up to receive political refugees has alleged that the Spanish police are torturing Basques.