!Basta Ya!

¡Basta Ya! (English: Enough is Enough!) was a Spanish grassroots organization uniting individuals of various political positions against terrorism and violence, notably ETA, and against the proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country released by the government of President Juan José Ibarretxe.[1] Its principal activities were anti-terror demonstrations and protests. The ¡Basta Ya! movement was a civic initiative made up of people of differing ideologies, and welcomes any citizens willing to play an active part provided they adhere to three basic principles: defend against terrorism of any sort, regardless of origin or intensity, support all victims of terrorism or of political violence and defend the rule of law, the Spanish Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country.[citation needed] ¡Basta Ya! was created to promote social mobilization against the perpetrators of specific kinds of violence, to support those who are suffering from them, and to demand that authorities fulfill the requirements of current legislation, respecting the rule of law. The organization believes that criticism of terrorism on moral grounds is important but not enough. Criticism on political grounds is also important, and the initiative understands such criticism to be based on certain values – such as human rights - which are common to all democrats regardless of their party affiliations or their political leanings.[citation needed]

Main ideals[]

The European Parliament describes the main ideals of ¡Basta Ya! as the following:[2]

The ¡Basta Ya! initiative is also critical of official nationalism.[citation needed] The group does not restrict itself to denouncing the erosion of the basic rights of many citizens, but also promotes various actions in defense of these rights.[citation needed]

Sakharov Prize[]

In 2000, the ¡Basta Ya! movement won the Sakharov Prize, a prize awarded to defence of human rights and freedoms. The group was nominated for the Sakharov Prize in 2000 by Gerardo Galeote Quecedo, José Ignacio Salafranca and others.[citation needed] According to the European Parliament, they nominated for three distinct activities that the organization carried out in 2000. In February ¡Basta Ya! organized a demonstration in San Sebastián under the slogan "Por la libertad, ETA kampora" ("For freedom, ETA out").[2] This demonstration gathered more than 100,000 people.[3] During this silent demonstration, one of the platform members invited Spanish citizens to support his cause as they stood at the Boulevard under the slogan "Let’s defend what join’s us together".[4] The Initiative called for a demonstration in San Sebastián under the slogan "Por la vida y la libertad. Defendamos lo que nos une: Estatuto y Constitución" ("For life and freedom. Let us defend what unites us: Statute and Constitution").[5] In June 2000, the Citizen's Initiative called for a mass meeting on the first Thursday of every month in San Sebastián, in solidarity with all those citizens threatened and attacked because of their defense of democratic values.

Well-known members of the platform are Jon Juaristi, Maite Pagazaurtundua, Arcadi Espada, Carmen Iglesias, Javier Urquizu and Fernando Savater.


¡Basta Ya! does not want to displace political parties, or compete against other civic and pacifist groups who share their aims. They all command respect and they have other fields of activity or other areas of representation than the initiative itself. To preserve as far as possible the open and pluralistic character of this initiative, it has decided to forgo a professional and hierarchical organization. ¡Basta Ya! does not have a board of management; instead, it appoints by common consent, whenever necessary, someone to act as the authorized spokesperson in public.[citation needed]


All the activities of ¡Basta Ya! have been financed by the contributions of private citizens and by the "Miguel Angel Blanco Foundation's" subvention for the September demonstration for the defense of the Constitution and the Statute. Some other civic groups such as "The Gregorio Ordoñez Foundation", "White Hands" and "Denon Artean" have also helped the initiative in different ways. It now also has at its disposal the 50,000 Euros of the Sakharov Prize.[citation needed]


¡Basta Ya! declared that it wishes to be able to dissolve itself as soon as possible because it has become unnecessary. That is, because citizens of Spain are no longer running the risk of being assassinated or attacked because of their ideas or identities, and because the Rule of Law worked in a reasonable way, the organization can discontinue itself. ¡Basta Ya! is determined to carry on functioning and calling on all citizens to mobilize whenever it seems necessary.[6]

In 2007, the organization was dissolved.[7]

See also[]


  1. ^ "Basta Ya a un folleto en contra de la propuesta de Ibarretxe". ABC España (in Spanish). 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  2. ^ a b European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16.
  3. ^ Peace Women Across the Globe, Maite Pagazaurtundúa.
  4. ^ Cano, Alfonso (September 23, 2000). "Silence Demonstration in San Sebastian. Let's Defend What Joins Us Together: Statute and Constitution".
  5. ^ European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Common Security and Defence Policy Notice to Members, 2000, No 16
  6. ^ "Untitled Document".
  7. ^ Sakharov Prize. p. 44