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Spain: Human wall blocks police nabbing suspected ETA member

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1. W/S Protesters and police yell at one another 2. W/S Protesters gathered on bridge 3. W/S Protesters are removed by police 4. M/S Protesters yell at police 5. W/S Protesters are removed by police 6. W/S Protesters gathered on bridge 7. W/S Protesters are removed by police 8. W/S Protesters gathered on bridge 9. W/S Urtza Alkorta is removed by police SCRIPT Spain: Human wall blocks police nabbing suspected ETA member Hundreds of Basque protesters clashed with over 300 police officers atop a bridge in Ondarroa, autonomous Basque Country, Spain, on Wednesday - attempting to prevent police from detaining alleged member of the radical pro-Basque-indepedence group ETA, Urtza Alkorta. Alkorta is wanted by police in connection with her alleged involvement with ETA and faces five years imprisonment. Hundreds of protesters formed a human wall to prevent her arrest in the middle of the bridge, it took police over three hours to forcibly remove her - 30 cars and two boats were used in the procedure. Police informed protesters using a megaphone that those who did not freely choose to leave the protest could be subject to criminal charges. Eight people were detained and two people were arrested on charges of assaulting authorities. 13 Basque police force members were also allegedly injured in the scuffles. Alkorta was arrested on January 28, 2010 and charged with being a member of the group responsible for the 2008 attack on a police station in Ondarroa, during which several people were injured. Alkorta was given ten days to report to prison after her sentencing, an order which she disobeyed. The action was reminiscent of the April occurrence in San Sebastian during when a crowd attempted to prevent the arrest of members of a left-wing youth group by forming a human wall, and had to be forcibly removed before the six young men could be arrested. The action shows that "firm civil disobedience" to authorities is a continuous policy of activists in their bid for independence.