There have been demonstrations outside Spanish embassies in several European countries urging the Spanish authorities to release the leader of the banned Spanish Communist Party, Mr.
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Background: There have been demonstrations outside Spanish embassies in several European countries urging the Spanish authorities to release the leader of the banned Spanish Communist Party, Mr. Santiago Carrillo.
At Madrid Airport on Monday (27 December) a group of Italian parliamentarians including Communists, Socialists and Christian Democrats, arrived to urge the Spanish authorities to free Mr. Carrillo who was arrested earlier this month. The Italian party carried a message from Italy's veteran Socialist leader, Pietro Neni, chairman of the Italian-Spanish Committee. Similar delegations are expected in Madrid from France, Belgium, Britain, Portugal, West Germany, the Soviet Union and Scandinavia. Mr. Carrillo returned to Spain in February after 38 years in exile.
Also on Monday, the Italian Radical Party organised a demonstration outside the Spanish Embassy in Rome, calling for Mr. Carrillo's release. The Italian Communist Party, the biggest in the western world, has not yet organised a similar demonstration, but have put up a series of signs calling for his freedom.
There was also a demonstration outside the Spanish Embassy in Paris protesting against Mr. Carrillo's detention. There was a big demonstration in Madrid itself last Wednesday (22 December), and more were being planned throughout Spain this week.