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    Basque insurgent group ETA ends ceasefire in Spain

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    MADRID, June 5, (RIA Novosti) - Basque separatist group ETA said Tuesday it has called off a ceasefire with the Spanish government and that hostilities will resume at midnight June 6.

    The paramilitary Basque nationalist organization, defined as a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, said the Spanish government had responded to its ceasefire, declared March 24, 2006 with "arrests, torture, and the persecution of Basque activists."

    "At present, there are no minimum conditions for a negotiating process with the Spanish government," it said in a statement published in the pro-independence newspapers Berria and Gara.

    The Basque separatists also criticized the Spanish authorities for barring them from municipal elections May 27.