What popular pressure does not achieve, however, violence will achieve. On January 29, 1981, ETA kidnapped the chief engineer of the Lemniz power station, Jos M. Ryan, from Bilbao of Irish origin. In the subsequent statement, ETA demands, in exchange for Ryan, the immediate demolition of the plant, for which it grants a period of one week. During the morning of February 6, a large demonstration runs through Bilbao ing the release of the engineer. Iberduero announces, meanwhile, that he will abide by the decisions that Father Vasco adopts regarding Lemóniz. Ryan's corpse appears at night and sparks a general strike, the first strike against ETA in the history of this organization. Iberduero temporarily suspends the activity of the nuclear power plant and waits for the Parliament to decree the continuation of the works. ETA publishes a statement addressed to the Basque People. The bitterness of the nonviolent antinuclear can be summed up in the comment by Javier Olaberri, a Basque parliamentarian: We antinuclear have never been in worse conditions to defend our ideas: such is the weight of Mr. Ryan's corpse. And this because ETAm, pretending to substitute the capacity for choice and organization of the masses with the force of the messiahs, the only thing they have wanted is to take advantage of one of the few popular struggles that still works, with a view to seeking cover. to its increasingly disoriented armed practice.