Clandestine left-wing organisations have called for a week of strikes and agitation by workers throughout Spain.
Clandestine left-wing organisations have called for a week of strikes and agitation by workers throughout Spain. They are aiming at a massive show of opposition to the Franco regime, culminating in a general strike and a big May Day rally.
The four major underground organisations involved are the Socialist Party, the Community Party, the Trotskyite Revolutionary Communist League and the Workers Commission - a militant labour movement.
The authorities have reacted by moving heavy reinforcements of riot police into industrial areas and construction sites. This film shot on Monday at a large construction site on the northern outskirts of Madrid shows the precautions that are being taken to prevent disturbances.
SYNOPSIS: In Spain, clandestine left-wing organisations have called for a week of agitation and strikes by opponents of the Franco regime. Building workers are expected to take part, and slogans attacking the regime have been appearing on walls.
Heavy reinforcements of riot police are reported to have been deployed in sensitive industrial areas. At this big construction site on the northern fringes of Madrid, detachments of civil guards carrying rifles were making frequent patrols on Monday, and an observation helicopter was also in use.
The agitation is intended to culminate in a general strike and a massive show of strength on May Day. Similar plans in previous years have failed through lack of co-ordination, but the authorities are taking no chances this year, and appear to accept reports that the Left is closer to unity this time.