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A sculpture commemorating the disarmament of ETA is controversial in Bayonne...

A year ago, the Basque separatist organization ETA was officially disarmed. To celebrate the anniversary date, the Bayonne Town Hall, in the south-west of France, inaugurates this Sunday, April 8 a commemorative sculpture. It represents an ax turned to the ground from which a tree grows. A resemblance assumed to the symbol of ETA. But this work is controversial, especially among associations of victims of terrorism.



Francisco Zaragoza is president of a victims' association of the ETA group. He only learned the inauguration of the statue on Wednesday. He can not believe it.

"It is an insult to the victims that they are those who were murdered by ETA, but also all those who were sequestrated during those years. It seems disgusting to me and in the same way all the people who participate in this tribute are disgusting, "he says.

Anaiz Funosas is the president of the organization Bake Bidea (the path of peace). His movement, which wants peace in the Basque Country, donated the statue to the Bayonne town hall. "Unfortunately, there is a misinterpretation of this statue. It was built out of respect for all and for everyone to look forward to the future. We know it's hard. These are always complicated times and we hope that these victims, shocked today, will understand the meaning of our approach, "she replies.

In 43 years of violence, ETA has killed more than 800 people in the Basque Country.

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