INTRODUCTION: Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez said on Saturday night (29 January) that the current wave of political violence in Spain would not deflect his government from its goal of establishing democracy in Spain.
GV Plencia, near Bilbao
GV & SV Taxi in garage damaged by explosion
GV People walking past blown up club in Santurce, near Bilbao (3 shots)
SV & GV Damaged club with people watching (3 shots)
Latest reports say that 200 people, mostly leftists, have been detained. A shadowy group named GRAPO has claimed responsibility for the murder of the three policemen on Friday (28 January). According to official sources quoted by Reuters news agency, the group responsible for this killing appeared to be the same one which slew the communist lawyers in a machine gun attack last Monday (24 January). GRAPO, which calls itself leftist, is also holding a pair of abducted high-level civil and military officials, and has demanded the release of Spain's political prisoners. But doubts have been cast on GRAPO's political ideology -- many people, including some government ministers, believe it may be either rightist organisation, or an extreme leftist group infiltrated and manipulated by the extreme right.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez said on Saturday night (29 January) that the current wave of political violence in Spain would not deflect his government from its goal of establishing democracy in Spain. Ten people died within the last week in what Senor Suarez described as an attempt to sabotage the country's transition from dictatorship to democracy. The violence also included bomb attacks.
The northern coastal town of Plencia, near Bilbao, was hit by a car bomb on Friday night (28 January). The vehicle, a taxi, was totally destroyed in the blast, but there were no injuries.
This is what remains of the Club 51, a dance hall in nearby Santurce further along the coast. It was Friday night and about 40 youths were inside. Again there were no injuries, but only because the bomb was discovered in time. It was found in a washroom by one of the customers, and the hall was evacuated. The bomb about two kilos of plastic explosive, went off before police could dismantle it.
Police have been given broad powers of search and arrest in the wake of the upheavals, which include the murder of five communist lawyers and three policemen, and the kidnapping of a senior army general. The new powers allow police to search homes without warrants and hold suspects indefinitely without formal charges. They have led to the mass arrest of leftists. There have been strong protests from extreme left-wing parties, who believe the violence has been caused by right-wing provocateurs.