INTRODUCTION: In Spain, there is a crisis among the country's top military leaders following the government's decision to legalise the Communist Party outlawed since the Civil War.
INTRODUCTION: In Spain, there is a crisis among the country's top military leaders following the government's decision to legalise the Communist Party outlawed since the Civil War. Fears of widespread "victory" demonstrations by leftists at the legalisation of the Communists over Easter led to a two-day government ban on political rallies.
SYNOPSIS: The ban didn't stop this group of youths carrying the red, yellow and purple flag of the short-lived Spanish republic, defeated by General Franco's Nationalists. They took part in a rally in the centre of Madrid to mark the 46th anniversary of the founding of the short-lived republic.
The leftists were among a number of small groups who caused minor disruptions to Madrid traffic in the central Plaza de Espana by throwing smoke bombs into the street. The anniversary of the republic coincided with the government's legalising of the Communist Party, 38 years after it was outlawed by General Franco. Most of the top generals who fought for the late??? General against the Communists during the bitter civil war have grudgingly accepted the government legislation.
Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. They detained 32 people in the capital and seized a number of the republican flags. Police later said a petrol bomb had been thrown into a riot police jeep, in a working class suburb, injuring five of its occupants, two seriously.
The leftist demonstrations have raised government fears of the possibility of street clashes with rightists, angered by the legalisation of the Communists.