In southern Madrid on Friday (30 July) a 24-year-old worker who was shot by police the previous day was still in a serious condition.
GV EXT. hospital workers and nurses protesting on steps of hospital
SV Man addressing crowd (3 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV crowd chanting
SV and GV police moving in to disperse crowd (4 shots)
GV Standard Electric Company standing idle
During Friday the Spanish government announced a royal amnesty for political prisoners who opposed General Franco's dictatorial rule. The Spanish Independent Daily El Pais quoted Senor Santiago Carrillo, exiled leader of the Spanish Communist Party, as saying the amnesty seemed to be a step towards the reconciliation of all Spaniards, but Saturday's explosions proved that there is still considerable unrest in the country.
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Background: In southern Madrid on Friday (30 July) a 24-year-old worker who was shot by police the previous day was still in a serious condition. And early on Saturday (31 July), bombs exploded in five Spanish cities killing two people in Seville. The explosions in Seville, Bilbao, Pontevedra, Barcelona and Madrid appeared to be the work of left-wingers opposed to the late General Franco.
SYNOPSIS: In Madrid, doctors and nurses from the hospital demonstrated outside during the morning after surgeons had removed a bullet from the head of the worker, Senor Alfonso Alfatar. According to a police statement their security agents only opened fire on Senor Altafar and others when they were surrounded by workers demonstrating against the dismissal of nearly 300 men in the working class suburb of Villaverde.
The statement said the firing began when the agents were pelted with rocks and flower pots hurled from balconies. The hospital demonstrators carried posters reading 'No more deaths by police action,' and they chanted "People united will never be defeated."
The police gathered to baton charge the workers and sympathisers from the hospital, and they fired tear gas and used truncheons to break up another demonstration nearby by workers opposed to the shooting of Senor Altafar.
In Madrid's southern industrial belt thousands of workers staged protest strikes, shutting down three plants of the American owned Standard Electric Company, where Senor Altafar was a trade union leader.