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|Origin:||Embassy The Hague|
|Tags:||ETTC PTER SP NL EUN|
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UNCLAS THE HAGUE 001959 SIPDIS State for EB/ESC/ESP, S/CT, EUR/ERA, EUR/WE, EUR/UBI, INR/EC Treasury for Aufhauser, Zarate, Fox Justie for OIA/Friedman Brussels also for Legatt E.O. 12958 N/A TAGS: ETTC, PTER, SP, NL, EUN SUBJECT: TERRORIST FINANCE: ETA YOUTH DEMONSTRATE IN AMSTERDAM DESPITE EU DESIGNATION 1. The Basque youth movement Segi held a small demonstration in the Netherlands this weekend despite its being designated by the EU as a terrorist organization "internal" to Europe and by the Dutch government under its national sanctions law as a group with whom financial transactions are prohibited and accounts blocked. Segi held demonstrations and information evenings in Nijmegen and Amsterdam on Saturday, August 2. On Sunday, it demonstrated at the prison in Alphen aan de Rijn, where alleged ETA activist Alexander Akarregi is awaiting extradition to Spain. The demonstrations occurred without incidents. 2. The Amsterdam Public Prosecutors Office said that it could take no action to stop the demonstration under the Dutch sanctions law unless the group was receiving financial contributions. The Dutch also investigated whether it could take action against individuals who may have accepted financial transactions from the group in return for goods and services. Dutch authorities could make no case because the demonstrators traveled here by minibus from Spain and lodged in squatters' housing. Thus, the only expenses the demonstrators incurred in the Netherlands were for small purchases of food and gasoline - transactions that would be difficult to prosecute. 3. Some political leaders, Christian Democratic MP Camille Eurlings and Liberal Party floorleader in the Amsterdam city council Frits Huffnagel, criticized the "lenient" attitude of the Dutch prosecutor's office. "The meeting in Amsterdam should have been discouraged by way of making clear that Segi is not welcome here," said Eurlings. "I plan on asking the government how the prosecutor's office's position tallies with the government's intention to ban organizations listed on the EU list." Huffnagel opined that the meeting should have been banned. "If it had been a meeting of the youth organization of the Flemish Bloc, they certainly would have taken action. Now that it is a leftist group, all kinds of legal obstacles are suddenly raised." Russel
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