MADRID — Spain's interior minister on Monday dismissed a cease-fire
announcement by the Basque separatist group ETA and said that police will be
as tough as ever against the armed militants.
Rubalcaba said that the ETA's statement on Sunday fell short of what Basque
society and other Spaniards demand from the militant group, which is
that it renounce violence for good.
The minister told Spanish
National Television Monday he is convinced ETA will continue with other
illegal activities like trying to amass weapons.
Rubalcaba said the militant group declared the truce because it is so weak it
cannot stage attacks.
Its last deadly attack in Spain was in July
of last year, when it killed two policemen with a car bomb. Nearly 240
of its members have been arrested since 2008.