29 March 2006
OTEGI TO JUDGE: "WE HAVE A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS."
Arnaldo Otegi, Batasuna's spokeman, left his home in Elgoibar around noon to head along his solicitor towards the Spanish Special Court in Madrid where he was called to appear because of taking part in the general strike against the two Basque political prisoners' killings a few weeks ago. Outside his house supporters cheered him and stood by a banner where could be read: "Repression is not the way. Peace in the Basque Country. Arnaldo, the people is with you."
When he arrived to Madrid a gang of pro-Franco ultras tried to attack him at the entrance of the Special Court.
Once he was before the judge he refused to answer to any question and just explained him that now there is a chance to sort the problem and that this should be done through democratic means, with justice, freedom and peace.
The General Prosecutor asked prison for him to be avoided with a 100.000 € bail.