Among the latest ignominy of the Sánchez government, this time at the hands of his Minister of the Interior, the infamous Grande-Marlaska (remember when the Ministers of the Interior were the most valued figures in governments, from Suárez to Aznar, including González?) is the torpedoing of a tribute that the Civil Guard and the National Police wanted to celebrate for their sacrifices in the fight against ETA. As they are disciplined bodies, they had obtained the necessary permits well in advance, made the appropriate reservations and even invited the king to preside over an act that, removing the feces of Spain, should arouse the most enthusiastic unanimity.
Sánchez lives on the wire and his parliamentary urgencies (in this case, with Bildu, the political heirs of ETA), encouraged him to disregard the act with excuses of poor payer: alleging that they had not been informed in a timely manner. Can anyone believe that the Civil Guard and the National Police are going to jump into the pool without knowing if there is water? To another dog with that bone!
Fortunately, the Government and its satellites have not been able to stifle all freedoms and we have a thriving civil society that is not intimidated by their abuses. The tribute, multiplied, is given this week by the publication of PIKOLETOS: The defeat of ETA and the elite of the Civil Guard. A book that could be a great TV series due to the intensity of the episodes it narrates and the pulse with which it does so. Its author is Juan José Mateos, former civil guard, former member of the GAR and victim of the ETA in the attack against the Reus airport (July, 1996). Men like Mateos are those who fought in the front row against ETA, those who risked their lives to save ours in conditions that were not up to the task entrusted to them.
Mateos tells us the story of the Rural Antiterrorist Group (GAR), which was the spearhead of the State against ETA and currently, against drug trafficking and other serious threats, the unit that recovered spaces in the Basque provinces and Navarra that had been lost Unfortunately, during the first years of the Transition. As the author says: “We were ‘those with the beret’ and ‘the bad guys’ soon realized that we were made of a different kind of stuff. In three decades of confrontation, ETA has not managed to kill any member of the GAR and, what is perhaps more difficult, to open a judicial process for ill-treatment against any of us”. (The instruction of the leadership of the gang for the detainees to systematically denounce torture is documented). The GAR is a brave elite unit that always fights fair.
Mateos’s story turns the guts of every good person, because it narrates the unfair fight, because it is unbalanced, between terrorists without heart or compassion and some kids who sacrificed part of their youth, for some ideals, without their work being rewarded. at the time and, in view of the attitude of this government, not now. The episodes described by its author chill the blood. There goes an example. The pitched battle that he qualifies as “the hell of Hernani”, in which for hours GAR and ETA faced each other with clean fire in the center of the town, a wounded GAR, believing that he was going to die, painted on the wall, with his own blood, a message of love to his wife and body, before hanging out the window with some sheets tied. Who watched the scene, well hidden in a closet, was the “fearsome” Butcher of Mondragón, who, after being arrested and already on his way to the Inchaurrondo barracks, literally shit in his pants. The ETA members were brave enough to shoot in the back of the neck, but cowards before the truly brave. I congratulate Mateos for his testimonial book, to all those who passed through the GAR and to the police forces that gave them support and that also demonstrated to have more attributes than a buffalo… As they say: “Always GAR!”.
Remember that police and civil guards are going to mobilize against Marlaska during the NATO summit, demanding his immediate resignation. They hate having a Sanchista puppet as Minister of the Interior.