¡Basta Ya! The Basque civic movement and nonviolent resistance to ETA’s terrorism

Javier Argomaniz*

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Abstract

This paper examines the impact that the Basque civic movement had in the civil
resistance against the armed separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). The ‘civic’ or ‘constitutionalist’ movement, whose best-known representative was the social movement organization ¡Basta Ya!, emerged to demand the protection of Basque citizens’ human and political rights, which were routinely abused by ETA and their sympathisers. The movement impacted on the cycle of contention against terrorism through the diffusion of democratic norms and anti-ETA political narratives, by sustaining civil resistance against terrorism while enduring persecution by their militants and sympathisers and by protecting the social fabric through the channelling of non-nationalist grievances into collective action that was pro-democratic and nonviolent. The case highlights the parallels that exist between civil resistance to authoritarian regimes and non-state groups and the crucial role that civil society actors can play in the social delegitimisation of terrorist organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Pacifism and Nonviolence
VolumeAdvance articles
Early online date2 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2023

Keywords

  • Civil resistance
  • Nonviolence
  • Terrorism
  • ETA
  • Basque Country
  • ¡Basta Ya!

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