Sebastián Aizpiri was a businessman who worked in the catering and food industry. On 25 May 1988 he locked up the butcher’s shop he ran in Elgoibar at around 8 pm to go to Eibar, where he owned the Chalcha restaurant. As he was walking past the Arrate hotel on the way to his business, two members of ETA’s Eibar commando shot him twice in the head, killing him instantly.
Sebastián had been hounded by circles close to ETA. He had been warned by the Civil Guard that his name was among papers seized from ETA member Santi Potros, with information about his business. He met a councillor for Herri Batasuna in Eibar who confirmed that “orders had been issued from the other side to investigate his properties and his activities”. Sebastián noticed that people were failing to return his greetings and that some regular customers had stopped coming to his establishments. He asked the town councils of Eibar and Elgoibar to investigate him, in order to dispel any doubts. The councils voted on motions to refute the rumours, declare Aizpiri’s good name and call for an end to the slander, but Herri Batasuna abstained. His family later reported that Aizpiri had been a victim of ETA extortion. His refusal to pay the so-called “revolutionary tax” was met, first, with a smear campaign linking him to a range of illicit activities and finally with death.