Joxe Manuel Odriozola

24-06-2018, BERRIA.


In Odriozola’s words, according to hegemonic Spanish nationalism, the dead in the Basque Nation have only been people, nothing else has been killed. No national rights representing human rights have been buried. They are worth nothing, and the inherent value of the Basque human dignity has been destroyed and killed.

“The Basque Nation has not died as a such or as a Basque-speaking people, she has been killed, and today in Bilbao, Vitoria, Pamplona, Saint Sebastian, BayonneSaint-Jean Pied-de-Port and Maule are dead in their foundations as Basque-speaking towns.”

On the other hand, taking a look at the information, “we virtually don’t get to hear, see or read anything like that in the mass media. It seems as though human suffering had nothing to do with tearing apart the human rights that constitute nation rights.  We have a two-year-old grandchild: This Basque baby is denied his individual and collective nationhood before even being born. We take that reality for granted as we would take the four seasons. Since that does not apparently have anything to do with well-being and happiness.”

In the youth’s case “it is enough to be aware of what has happened to today’s youth’s national conscience, to know what has happened to us: the ideas of a subordinated nation are the ideas of its subordinating nation, also amongst the youth.”