More than 50,000 people have signed a petition on launched by Spanish intellectuals and victims—including philosopher Fernando Savater and Maite Pagazaurtundúa, whose brother was murdered in 2003— demanding 358 crimes be properly clarified by ETA in order to consider the conflict over.

They said the Basque terrorist group had not provided information to families, society or the courts about "who committed hundreds of murders", and that ETA had not "condemned its history of terror, only publishing a "theatrical" "partial apology".

"Not condemning its history of terror means they will continue to legitimise the murders with lies and ideological constructs."

The petitioners said the terrorists had not "met the minimum requirements" either for reparation or responsibility, and that their attempt at forgiveness had been "calculated".

"The terrorists, now putting on a 'sensitive' face, have been incapable of asking all victims for forgiveness in a coherent manner. It is especially cynical and cruel that they publish a petition with forgiveness for victims but then justify the murder of many of them."

ETA had was "blackmailing" victims and "manipulating" Spanish society as a whole and had "diluted its responsibility" by suggesting "we have all been responsible for the terror", said the petition.

"Moral, social and political impunity is trying to make a space for itself by taking advantage of society's desire to see an end to ETA, which has become one long agony that only benefits those who want to take advantage of it."

Seeking justice was a legitimate right, the document said, and ETA appealing to victims' "generosity" constituted "intimate moral and personal blackmail for most victims, and a trap for society as a whole".

As well as information to clear up the 358 unsolved terrorist crimes, the signatories want to see an end to public homages to terrorists, a condemnation of the terror so future generations might not be tempted to repeat it, "respect for all victims without exception", and public recognition from ETA that it "blocked the development of democracy in Spain".

"ETA has the opportunity to face up to all of this immediately so as not to generate a double victimisation in those it persecuted, harassed, wounded and murdered."

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