Former Basque councilor and former parliamentarian Joseba Arregi died this Tuesday at the age of 75 after a long illness.
Arregi, who was head of Culture and spokesman for the Basque Government in José Antonio Ardanza’s cabinet, left the PNV in 2004 after maintaining a critical line with this party after the signing of the Lizarra Pact in 1998.
In March 2001, Arregi decided to leave politics and resigned from the candidacy of the PNV de Gipuzkoa to the Basque Parliament, which he acceded to for the first time for three months in 1987.
Since he left active politics, Arregi raised through the media his thesis favorable to the understanding between nationalists and non-nationalists and the effective recognition of the victims of terrorism, which made him worthy of awards such as that granted by the José Foundation Luis López de Lacalle or the Maite Torrano Award for Tolerance
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Iñigo Urkullu, on Tuesday praised the commitment and contribution to political and institutional life of the former Basque Government spokesperson, Joseba Arregi, who died this Tuesday.
In his speech at the press appearance after the meeting of the Social Dialogue Table, Urkullu has expressed his condolences and his solidarity with his relatives and recalled that this year two other former councilors of the regional Executive, Francisco Egea and Pilar, have also died Unzalu.
The Lehendakari has highlighted the commitment and contribution of the three in their institutional work.
At the time of Joseba Arregi’s death, a heartfelt farewell. I met a government spokesman and Minister of Culture. It was appropriate to give a voice to the government and in those difficult years it had great responsibilities in the revitalization of the Basque language and Basque culture. Rest in peace!
– Bingen Zupiria (@ZupiriaB) September 14, 2021
“In difficult years he had great responsibilities in the revitalization of Euskera and Basque culture”
Carlos Iturgaiz (PP)
Idoia Mendia (PSE)
We received with pain the news of the death of Joseba Arregui. Driver of change, founder of Aldaketa, strong defender of the Statute. Brave intellectual, he always had a priority look for the victims of terrorism. A hug to the family.https://t.co/T2PRLfQwky
– Idoia Mendia (@IdoiaMendia) September 14, 2021
Terrorism Victims Center
In the case of ETA victims, the cause for which they are victims is the attempt to impose a political project based on hatred and exclusion on anyone who is not a radical Basque nationalist and who expresses it publicly.
Joseba Arregi explains it perfectly⬇ pic.twitter.com/LK9u2MdF5j
– COVITE (@CovitePV) August 9, 2021
Antonio Rivera, former Minister of Culture and Arregi’s partner in ‘Aldaketa’
Patxi López, lehendakari
Joseba Arregi has passed away. Defender of the Basque self-government and of the memory of the victims as a pillar for the construction of a civic coexistence in the Basque Country, he was the voice of the resistance against ETA terrorism.
A loving hug to your family.
Rest in peace. https://t.co/DjmuR9LJwh
– patxilopez (@patxilopez) September 14, 2021