The first Congress of the Basque Socialist Workers Party since the Spanish Civil War has been held at San Sebastian.
The first Congress of the Basque Socialist Workers Party since the Spanish Civil War has been held at San Sebastian. The delegates listened and applauded the speeches but outside there was more violence in the streets.
SYNOPSIS: 600 delegates from the four Basque provinces attended the three day conference. Apart from celebrating the legalisation of the Socialist Workers Party, they also listened to speeches including one from the National General Secretary of the party, Felipe Gonzalez. He told them about the party's plans to win a large section of votes in Spain's forthcoming general elections in June.
Members of most European Socialist parties were present for the congress.
But while the delegates applauded there was rioting in other parts of the city. Police patrolled the streets, and students and teachers took part in a general strike.
The Internationale - the socialists' anthem all over the world was chanted enthusiastically by the delegates. Most of them were young - having their first taste of Spain's new democracy.
But there were also some old warriors. These were the men who fought against Franco during the 1936 Civil War. For them this was a very special day.