Definitions for ETAˈeɪ tə, ˈi tə

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  1. Basque Homeland and Freedom, Basque Fatherland and Liberty, Euskadi ta Askatasuna, ETA(noun)

    a terrorist organization organized in 1959 by student activists who were dissatisfied with the moderate nationalism of the traditional Basque party; want to create an independent homeland in Spain's western Pyrenees

    "in 1968 ETA launched a campaign of political assassinations of government officials"

  2. eta(noun)

    the 7th letter of the Greek alphabet

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  1. ETA

    ETA, an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna is an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization. The group was founded in 1959 and has since evolved from a group promoting traditional Basque culture to a paramilitary group with the goal of gaining independence for the Greater Basque Country. ETA is the main organisation of the Basque National Liberation Movement and is the most important participant in the Basque conflict. Since 1968, ETA has been held responsible for killing 829 individuals, injuring thousands and undertaking dozens of kidnappings. The group is proscribed as a terrorist organization by the Spanish, British, French and American authorities, and used to be designated as such by the European Union as a whole. This convention is followed by a plurality of domestic and international media, which also refer to the group as "terrorists". More than 700 members of the organization are incarcerated in prisons in Spain, France, and other countries. ETA declared ceasefires in 1989, 1996, 1998 and 2006, but subsequently broke them. However, on 5 September 2010, ETA declared a new ceasefire that is still in force – moreover, on 20 October 2011 ETA announced a "definitive cessation of its armed activity". On 24 November 2012 it was reported that the group was ready to negotiate a "definitive end" to its operations and disband completely.

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  1. a.e.t., ate, eat, TEA, tea


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