Thousands of mourners attended the funeral services of three of the five left-wing lawyers who were shot dead by gunmen on Monday (24 January).
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral services of three of the five left-wing lawyers who were shot dead by gunmen on Monday (24 January). The special services were held at the Spanish Law Association's headquarters in Madrid on Wednesday (26 January). Mourners gave clenched fist salutes as the coffins were carried into the association building, where the three dead will lie in state. Meanwhile strikes paralysed industry throughout Spain on Wednesday as workers protested against the current wave of political violence in the country, land "honoured the dead men."
SYNOPSIS: The three lawyers were gunned down in a machine-gun attack at a meeting of left-wingers in Madrid solicitor's office.
Three other people were seriously wounded in the attack staged by the right-wing group the Apostolic Anti-Communist Alliance (AAA). The lawyers who died were named as Angel Rodriguez Leal, Enrique Valdervira Ibanez, Luis Benevidez Orgas, Serafin Holgado and Franscisco Saquillo at the services on Wednesday. H???ge contingents of riot police, many on horses, kept a close watch on the crowd, but mourners were kept under control by Communist Party stewards.
Thousands of mourners will file past the coffins before the men are buried. However, leftists are being urged not to retaliate. Many politicians fear that continued violence could lead to the Spanish military abandoning their neutral position.
Strikes throughout Spain left factories, offices, schools and colleges unmanned. Buildings workers stayed away from work and all sites were deserted. Strikes also crippled coal mines in Asturias, textile mills in Barcelona and shipyards in Bilbao.
Slogans condemning the murders of the lawyers were painted on walls throughout Madrid. However, leftwingers generally obeyed trade union orders to stay off the streets -- in an attempt to avoid further violence.