THE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30,
Meet Amid Growing Appeals for Clemency
Letter Reporta Hope to Die
ST. JEAN-DE-LUZ, France,
Dec. 29 (Reuters)—One of the Basques condemned to death at Burgos wrote to his family saying all six men facíng death by firing squad want to die for their cause, a Basque organization said here today.
The Anai Artea association here said that the letter, smuggled out of prison, said in part: "We hope that we will not be granted reprieve.
We are revolutionaries. We want to die for
the dignity of man and the freedom of our Basque country."
The association refused to name the man who sent the letter.
Anaí Artea, based in this town near the Spanish border, said earlier this month that it was acting as intermediaiy for the Basque organization ETA in negotiations that brought about the reléase of the West Germán Cónsul, Eugen Beihl, who had been kidnapped from San Sebastian.