Angela Davis stopped from visiting separatist in Spain jail


A delegation including American rights activist Angela Davis has been turned away from a Spanish prison where it tried to visit imprisoned Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi.

Davis, Spanish rock musician Fermin Muguruza and Basque politician Amaia Izko tried to visit Logrono prison where Otegi is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted in 2009 of attempting to resurrect the banned Batasuna separatist party.

Davis, a former Black Panthers member acquitted of murder and kidnapping charges in California in 1972, said she “was a political prisoner” once and had signed a petition called “Free Otegi, Free Them All,” which was presented to the European Parliament.

Backers include former Uruguayan President Pepe Mujica and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu, she said.

  • tomado

    Sounds like thought crime. Unless a citizen calls for violence against someone else, or some group, they shouldn’t face penalties, let alone restraint.

  • pgarcia

    I’m really disappointed with this article by JapanTimes… I think it’s completely biased and one-sided, neglecting to inform international readers about who really is Arnaldo Otegi, many of whom might know nothing about this despicable guy.

    «Basque Patriotic Left movement»… that’s a big euphemism. Armando Otegi is a former member of ETA (a vicious terrorist group responsible of more than 800 assassinations), and he was involved (and convicted) in terrorist attacks and kidnapping of several people, as well as eulogy of terrorism. He is not a poor ‘separatist’, he was a TERRORIST.

    I wonder if Miss Davis has nothing better to do than going to foreign countries to support terrorists, assassins and kidnappers. Are there no fair causes to fight for in the US?