SPAIN: A Wave of Basque Terror

Serving the right

They train in the mountains of Spam's Basque region with weapons bought from the proceeds of bank robberies and extortion. They are mostly young, middle class, Marxist-Leninist in ideology. They carry out their bloody missions skillfully—eight political killings so far this year 63 last year—if sometimes reluctantly Says the mother of one: "My son did not enjoy killing, but he thought that otherwise nothing could be accomplished." Their acronym, ETA (for Euzkadi ta Azkatasuna, or Basque Homeland and Liberty), has become synonymous with terror in Spain. Their goal: an independent state composed of the four predominantly Basque provinces...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!