How to collaborate?
The Civic Initiative
"Enough is Enough!" is an action group open to citizens
of different ideologies who are united about three common and
1. To actively oppose terrorism of any sort,
origin or intensity.
2. To support all victims of terrorism or political violence.
3. To defend the validity of the Rule of Law, as defined in
the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy.
To be a part of "Enough is Enough!"
you only have to embrace these three principles and take part,
as far as you can, in the actions aimed at disseminating them.
"Enough is Enough!" was created
and exists because basic civil liberties and human rights are
under threat in the Basque Country, especially for "non-nationalist"
citizens, due to ETA's terrorism and the activities of groups
related to it, some legal others less so. It is also due to
the increase of an ethnic and xenophobic nationalism among the
more moderate nationalist parties, and groups who seek to come
to an agreement with ETA in favour of their nationalist interests
at the expense of Basques citizens with different ideas and
In the Basque Country thousands of people
are suffering campaigns of intimidation, extortion, and blackmail,
and deadly attacks against themselves and their families. The
vast majority of the so-called minor attacks remain unpunished
due either to the apathy of the police and judiciary or to legal
subterfuges. Any citizen - and there are already thousands in
this situation - who has taken a stand against terrorism, either
by belonging to a constitutionalist party or by speaking out
against the abuses of radical nationalism, can become the victim
"Enough is Enough!" was created
to promote social mobilisation against the perpetrators of these
outrages, to support those who are suffering them, and to demand
of all the authorities that they fulfil the requirements of
current legislation, respecting the Rule of Law. We believe
that criticism of terrorism on moral grounds is important but
not enough. Criticism on political grounds is also very important,
and we understand such criticism to be based on those values
- such as human rights - which are common to all democrats regardless
of their party affiliations or their political leanings.
Moral indignation is not enough: terrorism
will only be defeated by adequate policies. It is not a matter
of pleading with the terrorists to stop, but of impeding them,
by all possible legal means, from committing new crimes, and
of prosecuting the perpetrators of crimes already committed.
To achieve this end, civil mobilisation is very important: not
only to denounce terrorism and to acknowledge its victims, but
also to reclaim the streets - for so long made their own by
the friends of terrorism - and to remind the institutions of
Among us there are non-affiliated persons
as well as activists belonging to political parties, trades
union and various civil groups. We are all involved in "Enough
is Enough!" as independent individuals without collectively
representing any particular group. Many hundreds of people have
taken part, at some time or another, in the activities of "Enough
is Enough!", either collecting signatures or distributing
manifestos or organising demonstrations. The group takes its
decisions by reaching a consensus: we discuss different initiatives
of mobilisation before choosing one and then working for it
to become successful. Once the initiative has been launched,
"Enough is Enough!" counts on the participation of
many more citizens to demonstrate their support of it. Thus,
the last manifesto published by "Enough is Enough!",
on the occasion of the demonstration of the 23rd of September
in San Sebastian, got over six thousand signatures of support
in just two weeks. It included some four thousand Basque citizens
who, regardless of the risk they were running, allowed their
signatures to be published together with their full name and
surname. The money raised by private donations to pay for the
costs incurred also exceeded our best expectations.
In "Enough is Enough" we do not
want to displace political parties, or compete against other
civic and pacifist groups who share our aims. They all command
our respect and they have other fields of activity or other
areas of representation than ourselves. To preserve as far as
possible the open and pluralistic character of this initiative
we have decided to forgo a professional and hierarchical organisation.
"Enough is Enough!" does not have a board of management;
instead we appoint by common consent, whenever necessary, someone
to act as our authorised spokesperson in public.
The activities of "Enough is Enough!"
are governed by a few specific principles: besides not wanting
to replace political parties nor wishing to compete with other
civic groups, "Enough is Enough!" seeks to restrict
its actions to specific initiatives, regardless of the timing
of terrorist crimes. This means that "Enough is Enough!"
does not need an outrage to be committed in order to protest
against terrorism, and also, that, when there is an outrage
that claims victims, it supports the mobilisations traditionally
called for by other groups and institutions.
All the activities of "Enough is Enough!"
have been financed by the contributions of private citizens
and by the "Miguel Angel Blanco Foundation's" subvention
for the September demonstration for the defence of the Constitution
and the Statute. Some other civic groups such as "The Gregorio
Ordoñez Foundation", "White Hands" and
"Denon Artean" have also helped us in different ways.
We now also have at our disposal the 50,000 Euros of the Sakharov
Prize for the defence of human rights granted to us unanimously
by the European Parliament in the year 2000.
Civic Initiative "Enough is Enough!"
would dearly wish to be able to dissolve itself as soon as possible
because it had become unnecessary. That is, because no citizens
of this country any longer ran the risk of being assassinated
or attacked because of their ideas or identities, and because
the Rule of Law worked in a reasonable way. But until then,
while our public and private life carries on being threatened
by terrorism and we live in an atmosphere of extortion and permanent
violence, "Enough is Enough!" is determined to carry
on functioning and calling on all citizens to mobilise whenever
it is seems necessary.