• Short Summary

    Senor Santiago Carrillo, leader of Spain's Communist Party, and one of the leading "Euro-Communists" was not allowed to give his prepared speech at the Kremlin's celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, despite the fact that delegates from other smaller, and less important, countries had been allowed to make speeches.

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    Senor Santiago Carrillo, leader of Spain's Communist Party, and one of the leading "Euro-Communists" was not allowed to give his prepared speech at the Kremlin's celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, despite the fact that delegates from other smaller, and less important, countries had been allowed to make speeches.

    SYNOPSIS: Senor Carrillo said that he had been told by Viktor Afanasyev, Editor-in-chief of the Soviet Communist party organ, Pravda, who had been on a visit to Madrid earlier in the week, that he would be able to address the rally. It was after he had sent his address to be translated that Senor Carrillo had been told of the ban, despite the fact that it was very similar to the speech given by fellow Euro-Communist, Italian delegate and Communist leader Enrico Berlinguer. All the Euro-Communist delegates from Italy, France and Britain, who believe in Wester-style multi-party democracy and Independence from Moscow, got a cool reception. Veteran Spanish poet Rafael Alberti, well-known for his strongly pro-Moscow views, called off a poetry reading at the Official Soviet writers' union in protest at the refusal to allow Senor Carrillo to speak.

    During the session Senor Carrillo, who is general Secretary of the Spanish Party, and acknowledged head of the delegation, was further snubbed by being seated in the back row, while Senor Delores Ibarruri, the party president, was in the prominent position among delegation heads. Senora Ibarruri-"La Passionara" during the Spanish Civil war-spent 40 years in exile in Moscow before returning to Spain last May.

    At the airport Senor Carrillo said: "Our Soviet Comrades have still not got used to the idea that Communist parties are independent." He added that he thought that his treatment indicated a split in the Moscow leadership which earlier this year fiercely attacked his book "Euro-Communism and the State". He added, "I think that perhaps they just wanted to show that there were certain limits and that the Spanish Communists had gone beyond these limits."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5JXNEVV8SPR26QVG0DLEFSKUA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JXNEVV8SPR26QVG0DLEFSKUA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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