• Short Summary

    AT THE FOOT OF MONTEJURRA MOUNTAIN, NEAR ESTELLA IN THE PROVINCE OF NAVARRE, SPAIN'S CARLISTS GATHER ANNUALLY FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN MEMORY OF CARLISTS KILLED FIGHTING FOR GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO DURING THE 1936-39 CIVIL WAR.

  • Description

    AT THE FOOT OF MONTEJURRA MOUNTAIN, NEAR ESTELLA IN THE PROVINCE OF NAVARRE, SPAIN'S CARLISTS GATHER ANNUALLY FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN MEMORY OF CARLISTS KILLED FIGHTING FOR GENERAL FRANCISCO FRANCO DURING THE 1936-39 CIVIL WAR. THIS YEAR, THOUGH, THE GATHERING HAD BEEN BANNED BY THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT WAS EXPECTED TO TURN INTO A PROTEST DEMONSTRATION IN FAVOUR OF THE RETURN OF 79-YEAR-OLD PRINCE XAVIER OF BOURBON-PARMA, THE CARLIST PRETENDER WHO WAS LAST YEAR EXILED TO FRANCE. DEFYING THE BAN, THE CARLISTS HELD THEIR MEETING YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AS PLANNED.

    THOUSANDS OF CARLIST, ACCOMPANIED BY A MILITARY-STYLE BAND AND CARRYING ANTI-FRANCO POSTERS, GATHERED FOR THEIR TRADITIONAL CALL OF REMEMBRANCE - EMBITTERED BY THE FACT THAT THE CEREMONY WHICH COMMEMORATES THOSE WHO DIED FIGHTING FOR THE GENERALISIMO HAS NOW TURNED INTO AN ACT OF DEFIANCE AGAINST THE MAN WHO LAST YEAR SHATTERED THEIR CLAIMS TO THE SPANISH THRONE BY OFFICIALLY EXPELLING PRINCE XAVIER AND HIS SON PRINCE CARLOS HUGO (HUSBAND OF PRINCESS IRENE OF HOLLAND) FROM SPAIN.

    THE CARLISTS, WHO UNSUCCESSFULLY WAGED DYNASTIC WARS IN THE 19TH CENTURY ON ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE ROMAN CATHOLIC PLATFORMS, RECENTLY BEGAN PRESENTING THEMSELVES AS MODERN, "SOCIALISTIC" CLAIMANTS TO THE THRONE.

    THE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY WAS HELD ATOP MONTEJURRA MOUNTAIN AND THE CARLISTS MADE THE 1,500-FEET (500-METRE) CLIMBED TO PRAY FOR THEIR DEAD COMRADES AND TO ASK FOR HELP FOR THEIR CAUSE. AMONG THOSE HER PRESENCE GAVE STRENGTH TO THE ROYALIST SUPPORTERS.

    AFTER THE CEREMONIES, THE CARLISTS RETURNED TO ESTELLA AND BEGAN GATHERING IN THE MAIN SQUARE - CHANTING "FRANCO MURDERER" AND "LONG LIVE KING XAVIER" AND CARRYING BANNERS WHICH ASKED FRANCO TO "IMITATE DE GAULLE" BY RESIGNING AND "DICTATOR TO THE NOOSE". THE HEAT OF THE DEMONSTRATION DID NOT DEVELOP INTO ANY SERIOUS VIOLANCE ALTHOUGH THE GUARDIA CIVIL (CIVIL GUARD) PATROLLED THE AREA AND THERE WERE SOME HONOR CONFRONTATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1JHM1B3PHHUQJF3AYZEKXV1IZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1JHM1B3PHHUQJF3AYZEKXV1IZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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