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If Txapote asks for the vote for the PP: Feijóo loses the elections

Jesus Carames

July 12, 2023 | 1:56 p.m.

The networks clamor for an interview with Txapote in jail to unmask the fascists

A dystopian and disruptive scenario is the one who imagines when thinking of Francisco Javier García Gaztelu, better known as 'Txapote', former leader of ETA, voting for the Popular Party (PP) or VOX. A possibility, albeit hypothetical, that could reconfigure the Basque and Spanish political scene.

Txapote and the breaking of paradigms

The figure of Txapote has marked the recent history of the Basque Country. As one of ETA's most notorious leaders during its most violent period, he is considered a symbol of terrorism in Spain. Imagining this character supporting parties like the PP or VOX, traditionally opposed to the ideals he defended, would be an unexpected and profoundly disruptive twist.

A disruptive phenomenon in Basque politics?

A change of this nature would break with the established patterns in Basque and Spanish politics. The possibility that Txapote aligns with right-wing ideologies is a development that could challenge the traditional understanding of the political spectrum and question the certainties of many about ideological identities.

The cases of Juaristi and Azurmendi

This hypothetical scenario may seem far off, but recent history offers examples of exetarras who have embraced the ranks of the PP. Jon Juaristi and José Antonio Azurmendi, former members of ETA, are two notable examples of this type of ideological shift. Both have become defenders of conservative ideas and have held institutional posts.

Consequences of a possible ideological change

Uno statement of Txapote would have profound repercussions. Basque and Spanish society would be faced with a disconcerting scenario, where the political lines that seemed immovable are blurred. In the political arena, this could lead to a reconsideration of party strategies and a reflection on the real scope of ideological transformations.

The mere statement of this hypothesis invites reflection on the nature of political convictions and the scope of personal change, even in the most extreme cases.

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