INTRODUCTION: 6,000 Basque nationalists staged a mass rally in Bilbao on Monday (21 February). The?
GV AND CU Anton Valverde singing on stage. (2 shots)
SV Valverde steps away from microphone as crowd applaud. (2 shots)
SV PAN Crowd singing with fingers raised in "V" sign.
SV Xeberri singing Basque protest song.
SV PAN Supporters clapping and singing along and waving flags.
SV Xeberri finish number to crowd's applause.
SV PAN Crowds swaying, singing and waving flags and banners. (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: 6,000 Basque nationalists staged a mass rally in Bilbao on Monday (21 February). The rally was held to raise funds for legal fees to help free Basque political prisoners.
SYNOPSIS: The nationalists massed in the Palace of Sports to hear Basque folksingers like Anton Valverde. Valverde's songs are laced with political comment. His repertoire includes traditional folksongs and his own compositions.
The people at the rally sang along and waved Basque National flags, Catalan flags and the old flag raised by the anarchists during the Spanish civil war.
The concert rally lasted over three hours. It was attended by relatives of the estimated 180 Basques still being held in Spanish jails as political prisoners.
The folk group Xeberri was also on the bill. The group's songs are also extremely partisan and have political comment. Subsequently they have been refused recording contracts in Madrid and many people believe this has stopped them getting the recognition their music deserves. Amongst their audience were representatives of all. Spanish leftist political parties.
Although the Spanish Government has promised that all Basque political prisoners will be released on 24 April -- Basque National Day -- nationalists are impatient.
Their impatience generates rallies like this one which again called for complete amnesty for political prisoners.