INTRODUCTION: The Spanish government has taken major steps to restore order in the country in the wake of the recent terrorist killings and kidnapping.
INTRODUCTION: The Spanish government has taken major steps to restore order in the country in the wake of the recent terrorist killings and kidnapping. The latest measures include a ban on all demonstrations, and the re-application of Spain's severe terrorist law. This gives police the authority to search property, seize goods, and hold prisoners without court interference.
SYNOPSIS: The tough new measures come as five left-wing lawyers, murdered in cold blood, were buried in a massive funeral ceremony attended by a hundred thousand people in Madrid on Wednesday (January 26). The lawyers, working for trade unions, were holding a meeting in the Spanish capital on Monday night (24 January) when right-wing gunmen burst in and sprayed the room with machine-gun fire. Three died instantly, and two later. A sixth man was injured. It was the worst killings in the recent wave of violence with the government introducing more and more democratic measures. The murder of the lawyers came just as the government was going to announce a wide-ranging pardon for political prisoners, according to the official communique on Wednesday giving details of the new anti-terror moves.
There were no incidence during the funeral march itself, with tens of thousands of mourners marching abreast, many clutching red carnations in Marxist salutes. Police were out in force, but stood passively aside.
But street violence broke out in the city later, following nationwide strikes. However, the government said the disturbances were probably the work of right-wing provocateurs -- not an angry left wing.