No, we know that there’s no group called the Guardia Civil Terrorists… but this week the Basque Country almost invented one!
Spain’s regional Basque Country government has needed to grovel and apologise publicly after they mistakenly listed the nation’s Guardia Civil on an official website as a terrorist organisation.
In a statement released by the regional government on Wednesday May 18, the Civil Guard appeared on a list of groups and individuals that also included ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna), the armed separatist group that wants an independent Basque state. The statement went on to explain that Spain’s Interior Ministry was told about the mistake that was made while the site was being redesigned (no, it wasn’t by Gandy-Draper).
ETA has historically targetted Civil Guard members during its deadly campaign for a Basque homeland that killed more than 800 people. In 2011 ETA declared a permanent cease-fire but it has not disbanded.
ETA is designated as a terror group by Spain, the European Union and the United States.