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    Thousands of Catalan separatists demonstrated in Spain at the weekend to press for home rule for Catalonia, political freedom and amnesty for political prisoners.

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    Thousands of Catalan separatists demonstrated in Spain at the weekend to press for home rule for Catalonia, political freedom and amnesty for political prisoners.

    SYNOPSIS: The biggest rally was held at San Baudillo de Llobregat near Barcelona. It was staged with government permission, but had been moved from its original venue in central Barcelona to avoid clashes between demonstrators and police. Even the organisers were surprised when more than 50,000 people turned up. They said it was the greatest show of strength since Catalonian autonomy was crushed during the 1936-39 civil war. Three Catalan political leaders addressed the massed crowds from a platform decorated in the Catalan colours of red and yellow. They argued that democracy in the post-Franco era had to be accompanied by the return of autonomy to the region.

    Another demonstration was held in Poblet, south of Barcelona. It was unauthorised. But the lack of official approval didn't stop hundreds taking part. It was to mark the end of a two-and-a-half months long march by Catalan Nationalist groups, drawing attention to their cause. When they arrived a thanksgiving service was held in the town's ancient monastery.

    A nationalist spokesman claimed police had put up roadblocks around Poblet to try to prevent the marchers and others from attending the rally and church service. Later the police also detained 20 people at the monastery. The detainees were identified by nationalist sources as members of the marchers' organising committee, who'd drawn up a programme of folk dancing and speeches to mark the event. After being questioned the men were taken into custody.

    The third demonstration was staged by sympathisers in the streets of Tarragona. All were the first manifestations to emerge following a gathering of Spain's opposition parties in Madrid last week, which called for home rule for Catalonia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XMUK75GZ7G4G5OFVW4S6A119
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XMUK75GZ7G4G5OFVW4S6A119
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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