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Thousands in Spain Protest Negotiations With Basque Guerrillas

Thousands of people in Spain marched in the streets of Madrid Saturday to protest any negotiations between the government and the militant Basque separatist group, ETA.

The march was led by the opposition conservative Popular Party, which is against any government contact with ETA. The demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the resignation of socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.

Mr. Zapatero's government suspended the peace process with ETA in late December after the guerrillas bombed a parking garage at Madrid airport, killing two people.

The attack broke a nine-month-old ceasefire ETA had declared as "permanent" last March.

ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths since 1968, when it started an armed campaign for creation of an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southwestern France.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.