A major demonstration against the right-wing government in Chile held in Spain on Saturday (10 September) when ten thousand people gathered in a Madrid building to hear a speech by Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo.
A major demonstration against the right-wing government in Chile held in Spain on Saturday (10 September) when ten thousand people gathered in a Madrid building to hear a speech by Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo. Sharing the platform with him was Socialist Party leader Felipe Gonzalez.
SYNOPSIS: There's been a growing anti-Chile movement throughout Spain as the country becomes more and more politically active after 37 years of total dictatorship under the late General Franco, who died almost two years ago.
Saturday's demonstration was one of the biggest so far, calling for a return to liberty and civil rights in Chile.
The two left-wing leaders - Gonzalez in the blue shirt with Carrillo in the white - received a standing ovation. It's not the first time the two parties have shared the same platform - in March last year they joined other left-wing groups to form a united front.
Before the main speeches, there was a minute's silence observed in memory of the late left-wing Chilean President Salvadore Allende. He was killed in the 1973 revolution which put the present rightwing government of General Augusto Pinochet into power.
Santiago Carrillo, who spoke about the need for a return to liberty and human rights in Chile, was exiled in France during the Franco dictatorship - only returning to Spain to take an active part in politics there after the General's death.
The crowd received his attack on the Chilean military junta of General Pinochet with enthusiasm. The present Chilean regime overthrew the first freely-elected communist government in history.
Senor Carrillo's attack on Chile came as the Spanish Communist Party itself was having its own internal leadership difficulties. The Party President, civil war heroine Dolores Ibarruri, who earned the nickname 'La Pasionaria' for her fiery speeches against Franco, is under pressure to resign. She is an ardent follower of Soviet-style communism, while Senor Carrillo and his supporters prefer a more moderate, so-called 'Euro-Communist' philosophy, independent of Moscow.