Representatives from there Spanish regions joined Basque nationalists calling for a "no vote" on the new Spanish constitution, following a fiesta in Bilboa (3 December).
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SV delegates on platform and speaker shouting nationalistic slogans
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Three policemen were machine-gunned to death in a bar in the Basque city of San Sebastian on 5 December, just one day before the national referendum on a new democratic constitution. Although no group claimed responsibility for the killings, the gunmen were believed to be members of the E.T.A.
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Background: Representatives from there Spanish regions joined Basque nationalists calling for a "no vote" on the new Spanish constitution, following a fiesta in Bilboa (3 December). The day began with parades and dancing in the streets. The festivities ended with a huge political rally.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Spaniards gathered to hear reasons why they should vote "no" on 6 December for the proposed democratic Spanish constitution. The principal speaker was a Senator from the Basque region, Juan Mari Bandres. He told the representatives from the Basque and three other regions that the militant guerrilla group, E.T.A. would not hurt the nationalist cause. E.T.A. has claimed responsibility for the murders of twelve policemen and thirteen civil guards so far this year.
The Spanish government sees the Basque Nationalists as a serious threat to Spain's future as a fully-fledged democracy. The E.T.A. has already called on Basques to vote "no" on Spain's new democratic constitution.
The new constitution that Spaniards will vote on in the national referendum extends individual liberties.
If it passes, the new constitution will replace General Franco's seven Fundamental Laws. But it would not give the Basque nationalists the autonomy they want from the central Madrid government.