SPANISH police arrested 14 people on wednesday for allegedly glorifying terror acts in Facebook and Twitter messages.
The Interior Ministry said those arrested nationwide made repeated comments on fake social network profiles with large numbers of followers that ranged from “glorifying the terrorist organisations and the murders they carried out, to mocking the victims of terrorism.”
The groups praised the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Catalonia’s nationalist Free Land group and the shadowy far-left group GRAPO. None of whom have carried out armed attacks in recent years.
An Interior Ministry statement read: “This type of police operation is a blow to those who, whether or not they belong to terrorist organisations or their support structures, try to anonymously disparage victims and encourage the use of violence.”
The arrests occured in seven of Spain’s regions as part of a crackdown on online incitement to violence.
According to the statement, the effort has seen over 60 arrests since May 2014.
The most recent arrests were made in Barcelona (3), Murcia (2), Madrid (1), A Coruna (1), Pontevedra (1), Tarragona (1), Navarra (1), Valencia (1), Alicante (1), Granada (1).
ETA, whose forty year armed campaign for Basque independence left 829 people dead, declared an end to its armed activities in 2011, but the group has yet to formally disband or disarm.
GRAPO, which has been blamed for more the murders of more than 80 Spanish police and soldiers, has been relatively inactive since it was broken up in 2002.