• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Spanish farmers blocked the Madrid to Coruna highway with tractors on Thursday ( 24 February) to protest at low price they're receiving for their potato crops.

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    INTRODUCTION: Spanish farmers blocked the Madrid to Coruna highway with tractors on Thursday ( 24 February) to protest at low price they're receiving for their potato crops.

    SYNOPSIS: Several miles of the highway were put out of action during the demonstration, which is the latest in a series of protests. In an earlier one, two farmers were injured when civil guards opened fire on demonstrators on the same stretch of road. Potato crops are one of the mainstays of Spanish agriculture and when prices are low, the livelihood of many farmers suffers severely. The low prices highlight the slow drift away from agriculture which until recent years, was the backbone of the country's economy.

    Between 1960 and 1970, the proportion of the working population engaged in agriculture dropped from 41 to 28 percent. The government's now trying to boost industries such as tourism, chemical, textiles and ship building, while endeavouring to maintain agriculture at its current levels.

    The farmers protests highlight the severe problems the Spanish government faces in trying to stabilise the economy before spring elections. Finance Minister Eduardo Carriles announced plans earlier this week to curb inflation, increase jobs and reduce the payment deficit.

    No concrete measures were announced, except that more money would be put into industrial expansion. Drastic austerity measures would be highly unpopular, especially at a time when the governments preparing for the first democratic elections since the 1936-1939 Civil War.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Q4GOV2QB5V2X6ETVEUZ5DGNG
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Q4GOV2QB5V2X6ETVEUZ5DGNG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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