Although his previous membership of the armed group made it difficult for him to openly reject the terrorist attacks, in the mid-nineties he became fully involved in the Gesto por la Paz (Gesture for Peace) movement. These activities led to the first threats from ETA. In 1999 he became a PSE town councillor of Zarautz. A few months later ETA set fire to the warehouse where he stored his work tools and his van and he got threatening graffiti messages.