INTRODUCTION: In Spain the government has promised to announce the terms of a long awaited amnesty for political prisoners this week.
EXTERIOR MV: Basque demonstrators walking through streets chanting in Spain. (3 shots)
GV PAN: demonstrators gathered in village square singing and chanting (2 shots)
MV: building from PAN TO demonstrators chanting and waving banners and walking past with flags. (2 shots)
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MV: demonstrators marching in street chanting and clapping.
GV: demonstrators marching along street carrying flags and banners.
Saturday's (5 March) announcement of the right to strike also gives employers the right to declare a lock-out, although they will no longer be able to sack workers for staging illegal strikes. The government also agreed to restore long-abolished local assemblies or 'juntas' to the most militant Basque provinces -- Vizcaya and Guipuzcoa. The two juntas will have only limited powers, but they are seen as a symbolic concession to the Basque claims for autonomy.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Spain the government has promised to announce the terms of a long awaited amnesty for political prisoners this week. The amnesty is apparently aimed at appeasing the fiercely independent Basque minority of northern Spain before the planned first visit to the region of King Juan Carlos. Thousands of Basques were involved in amnesty demonstrations last week.
SYNOPSIS: About 12,000 people took to the streets of the town of Villafranca de Ordizia in the Province of Guipuzcoa on Sunday (6 March) to mark the end of the week of protest. Many of the political prisoners now in Spanish Jails are Basque nationalists.
The demonstration followed Saturday's (5 March) promise of an amnesty by the government. It attracted support from hundreds of people on their way to a massive protest in the town of Victoria which was banners??? by the authorities.
The terms of the amnesty are to be announced after this week's Cabinet session will be put into effect immediately. A general amnesty is unlikely, though since it would cover the scores of extreme Left wingers held in connection with the recent killings of policemen and the kidnapping of high ranking officials.
As well as the promised amnesty, the government has also granted workers the right to strike, a further move aimed at improving the political climate before this year's promised general elections.