Hell, they could have been the Basque ETA or the ultra right wing U.S. militia.
Hemingway and his first wife Hadley went from the Basque country to Pamplona over the Pyrenees by bus.
As we pulled back the sheets the bed was full of confetti in the Basque colors, red, white and green.
1817 (adj.), 1835 (n.), from French, from Spanish vasco (adj.), from vascon (n.), from Latin Vascones (Vasconia was the Roman name for the up-country of the western Pyrenees), said by von Humboldt to originally mean "foresters" but more likely a Latinized version of the people's name for themselves, euskara or eskuara.
This contains a basic element -sk- which is believed to relate to maritime people or sailors, and which is also found in the name of the Etruscans .... [Room, "Placenames of the World," 2006]Earlier in English was Basquish (1610s, noun and adjective); Baskles (plural noun, late 14c.); Baskon (mid-15c.).