¡Basta Ya!

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For the song, see ¡Basta Ya! (song).

¡Basta Ya! (English: Enough is Enough!) is a Spanish grassroots organization uniting individuals of various political positions against terrorism, notably ETA, and against the proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country released by the government of President Juan José Ibarretxe[citation needed]. Its principal activities are anti-terror demonstrations and protests. The '¡Basta Ya!' movement is a civic initiative made up of people of differing ideologies, welcomes any citizen willing to play an active part provided they adhere to three basic principles; defend against terrorism of any sort, regardless of origin or intensity, support for all victims of terrorism or of political violence and defend the Rule of Law, the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country.[1] 'Enough is Enough!' was created to promote social mobilization against the perpetrators of specific outrages, to support those who are suffering these outrages, and to demand of all the authorities that they fulfill the requirements of current legislation, respecting the Rule of Law. The organization believes that criticism of terrorism on moral grounds is important but not enough. Criticism on political grounds is also very important, and the initiative understands such criticism to be based on certain values - such as human rights - which are common to all democrats regardless of their party affiliations or their political leanings.[2]

Main Ideals[edit]

The European Parliament describes the main ideals of ¡Basta Ya! as the following:[3]

  ● Clear and peaceful opposition to terrorism of any kind. 
  ● To provide support for all victims of terrorism and violence and to ensure that the     
      perpetrators of these criminal acts are made responsible for their actions. 
  ● The right to hold views different from those of  extreme and exclusive nationalists, 
      without aggression, marginalization or discrimination of any kind. 
  ● That the democratic institutions in the Basque Country must fulfill their obligations and 
      respect the rule of law. 

The ¡Basta Ya! initiative, is also very critical of official nationalism. They accuse the Basque Government of being complaisant towards ETA and of sharing its ultimate political objectives. That is the reason why Basta Ya suffers strong pressure from its political opponents.[4] It is necessary to underline the activist nature of this group, since it does not restrict itself to merely denouncing the erosion of the basic rights of many citizens, but also promotes various types of actions in defense of these rights.[5]

Sakharov Prize[edit]

The ¡Basta Ya! movement was nominated for the Sakharov Prize in 2000 by Gerardo Galeote Quecedo, José Ignacio Salafranca and others.[6] According to the European Parliament, they nominated for three distinct activities that the organization carried out in the year 2000[1]. In February ¡Basta Ya! organized a demonstration in San Sebastián under the slogan "Por la libertad, ETA kampora" ("For freedom, ETA out").[7] This demonstration gathered more than 100,000 people.[8] During this silent demonstration, one of the platform members invited Spanish citizens to support his cause as they stood at the Boulevard under the slogan “let's defend what join us together.” [9] The Initiative called for a demonstration in San Sebastián under the slogan "Por la vida y la libertad. Defendamos lo que nos une: Estatuto y Constitución" ("For life and freedom. Let us defend what unites us: Statute and Constitution").[10] In June 2000, the Citizen's Initiative called for a mass meeting on the first Thursday of every month in San Sebastián, in solidarity with all those citizens threatened and attacked because of their defense of democratic values.

Well-known members of the platform are Jon Juaristi, Maite Pagazaurtundua, Arcadi Espada, Carmen Iglesias, Javier Urquizu and Fernando Savater.

In 2000, it won the Sakharov Prize, a prize awarded to defence of human rights and freedoms.

Initiative Structure[edit]

Basta Ya does not want to displace political parties, or compete against other civic and pacifist groups who share their aims. They all command respect and they have other fields of activity or other areas of representation than the initiative itself. To preserve as far as possible the open and pluralistic character of this initiative, it has decided to forgo a professional and hierarchical organization. "Enough is Enough!" does not have a board of management; instead it appoints by common consent, whenever necessary, someone to act as the authorized spokesperson in public.[11]

Financing the Initiative[edit]

All the activities of "Enough is Enough!" have been financed by the contributions of private citizens and by the "Miguel Angel Blanco Foundation's" subvention for the September demonstration for the defense of the Constitution and the Statute. Some other civic groups such as "The Gregorio Ordoñez Foundation", "White Hands" and "Denon Artean" have also helped the initiative in different ways. It now also has at its disposal the 50,000 Euros of the Sakharov Prize.[12]

End of the Initiative[edit]

Civic Initiative "Enough is Enough!" wishes to be able to dissolve itself as soon as possible because it has become unnecessary. That is, because citizens of Spain are no longer running the risk of being assassinated or attacked because of their ideas or identities, and because the Rule of Law worked in a reasonable way, the organization can discontinue itself. But until that time, while the organizations’ public and private life carries on while being threatened by terrorism in an atmosphere of extortion and permanent violence, "Enough is Enough!" is determined to carry on functioning and calling on all citizens to mobilize whenever it is seems necessary.[13]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html
  2. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html
  3. ^ European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16.
  4. ^ Peace Women Across the Globe, Maite Pagazaurtundúa. Retrieved from: http://www.1000peacewomen.org/eng/friedensfrauen_biographien_gefunden.php?WomenID=1077
  5. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html
  6. ^ European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16.
  7. ^ European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16.
  8. ^ Peace Women Across the Globe, Maite Pagazaurtundúa. Retrieved from: http://www.1000peacewomen.org/eng/friedensfrauen_biographien_gefunden.php?WomenID=1077
  9. ^ Cano, Alfonso. Silence Demonstration in San Sebastian. “Let’s Defend What Joins Us Together: Statute and Constitution. September 23rd 2000. Retrieved from: http://www.ua.es/en/novedades/comunicados/2000/manifestacion_sansebastian.htm
  10. ^ European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16
  11. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html
  12. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html
  13. ^ Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html

European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16. [1]

Iniciativa Ciudadana Basta Ya, Basta Ya. October 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.bastaya.org/inicial/presentacion_en.html [2]

Cano, Alfonso. Silence Demonstration in San Sebastian. “Let’s Defend What Joins Us Together: Statute and Constitution. September 23, 2000. Retrieved from: http://www.ua.es/en/novedades/comunicados/2000/manifestacion_sansebastian.htm [3]

Peace Women Across the Globe, Maite Pagazaurtundúa. Retrieved from: http://www.1000peacewomen.org/eng/friedensfrauen_biographien_gefunden.php?WomenID=1077 [4]