• Short Summary

    Streets in the centre of Rome were blocked on Wednesday night (24 September) when thousands of Italians turned out to demonstrate against the death sentenced passed on eleven urban guerrillas in Spain.

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    Streets in the centre of Rome were blocked on Wednesday night (24 September) when thousands of Italians turned out to demonstrate against the death sentenced passed on eleven urban guerrillas in Spain.

    The demonstration--which attracted a crowed of about 10,000--was organised by the three main Italian trade unions and supported by several political parties including the two biggest, the Christian Democrats and the Communists.

    At the head of the protest rally as it moved through the city centre, demonstrators carried large portraits of the condemned guerrillas and a banner reading "Let us save the lives of the Spanish patriots." Most of the 11 convicted are Basque activists, including two pregnant women. They have been sentenced to death by garrotte... an iron collar which fits round the neck of the condemned and is tightened to cause death.

    Exiled Spanish trade union organiser Carlos Elviro addressed the rally in the city centre.

    The death sentence on six of the eleven prisoners has been approved by Spanish military authorities, it was reported in Madrid on Wednesday. On Thursday (25 September) the Spanish Cabinet met to prepare for a session on the following day which might set the date for the executions. There have been protests against the sentences in several countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA82CZOCNWQ8AZQ9I5FFVDF17EJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA82CZOCNWQ8AZQ9I5FFVDF17EJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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