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ETAS HISTORY The group was founded in 1959 by a group of student activists dissatisfied with the reserved nationalism of the traditional Basque party The groups aim was the creation of an independent homeland in Spains Basque region ETA had its origin in a nationalist group EKIN formed as a result of the restrained actions of the PNV Basque Nationalist Party during the Franco regime EKIN was founded by young activists from Bizkaia and Gipuzkao who felt that the PNV was not acting energetically enough to advance the Basque cause EKIN attempted to gain the support of the PNV however the opposition of some of its leaders prevented cooperation In 1958 EKIN became ETA Basque Homeland and Liberty ETA was the only armed group to emerge in the Spanish State during the Franco era IN FAVOUR For more than 20 years this group of terrorists has dedicated their lives to killing hundreds of people more than 700 human lives ETA has managed to be the most painful thorn in the side of eight successive Spanish governments since the establishment of democracy in 1979 None of these governments were able to face this problem or deal with it in a way that would stop all the killing and put an end to the sufferings of the country and its people The organization depends on a national ideology that managed to develop and adapt to all conditions and variables to preserve a special culture of the province that supplies young men with a special spirit something that made ETA recruits martyrs in the eyes of some Basque people who support them and supply them with everything whether cheap or expensive In 1968 ETA launched a campaign of political assassination mostly of government officials security and military forces politicians and judicial figures ETAs most spectacular success was the assassination in December 1973 of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco Admiral Blanco was seen at the
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