In Spain authorities have closed the officers of an extreme Right-wing party in two Southern Spanish towns after clashes between Right-wing and Left wing demonstrators in which twenty four people were injured on Sunday (2 December).
GV TILT UP: Seville Cathedral PAN DOWN TO demonstrators
GV: Right-wing demonstrators in building PULL BACK TO Left-wing demons demonstrators below. (3 shots)
GV: Left-wing demonstrators carrying banners while Right-wingers pelt mob with stones and police intervene. (3 shots)
GV: Building vacated by Right-wingers.
GV: Crowds in street
GV: Police disperse demon with tear gas. (3 shots)
GV: Police helping wounded comrades into car.
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Background: In Spain authorities have closed the officers of an extreme Right-wing party in two Southern Spanish towns after clashes between Right-wing and Left wing demonstrators in which twenty four people were injured on Sunday (2 December).
SYNOPSIS: The main incident happened in Seville where an estimated two hundred thousand nationalists celebrated the National Day of Andalusia with rallies and festivals.
A referendum to approve a home rule statute for Andalusia is to be held on February 28 (1980. But the celebrations were soured by members of the extreme Right-wing Fuerza Nueva (New Force) party, who are bitterly opposed to all autonomy and the federalisation of Spain. The Right-wingers with many of them wearing red berets and blue shirts, the para-military uniform of the Fuerza Nueva staged violent counter demonstrations.
When the Left-wing marchers passed the headquarters of the Fuerza Nueva the violence began. Members of the Right threw bricks and bottles, causing a number of injuries.
There were similar incidents to this one in other parts of Spain as well. In Cordoba, 13 people were injured, four seriously, when rightists armed with guns and chains attacked demonstrators. Twelve members of Fuerza Nueva's provincial committee and a man alleged to have wounded two people with lead pellet shots were arrested.
Police moved in to disperse the rioting mob with tear gas. Eleven policemen were injured in Seville in their attempts to disperse the clashing marchers and Nueva militants. Eight people were arrested.
Following the riots the Spanish government also announced it was studying sanctions against Fuerza Nueva because of alleged insults against King Juan Carlos during a meeting addressed by the late General Franco's son-in-law, the Marquis of Villaverde.