• Short Summary

    With Spain's second general election in two years due on Thursday (1 March 1979), electioneering has reached fever pitch.

  • Description

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    MV Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo arrives at meeting and enters hall.
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    2.
    GV Chanting supporters in hall.
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    3.
    CU Carrillo speaking in Spanish.
    0.34

    4.
    SV PAN Audience applauding.
    0.38

    5.
    CU Carrillo speaking.
    1.01

    6.
    SV PAN Audience applauding.
    1.07

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    GV Communist Union leader Marcelino Camacho shaking hands with supports and PAN TO union members.
    1.17

    8.
    MV Camacho speaking.
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    9.
    MV Union workers applaud and PAN TO Camacho.
    1.52



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    Background: With Spain's second general election in two years due on Thursday (1 March 1979), electioneering has reached fever pitch. The opposition Socialist Party has so far been given the lead by opinion polls, with the ruling Democratic Centre Party of Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, Close behind. But it's the struggling Communist party which is putting up one of the strongest election fights.

    SYNOPSIS: Communist Party leader, Santiago Carrillo, attends several meetings a day in his bid for the Government. His party ranks third in popularity behind the Centre Democrats and the Socialists.

    The party, which fared poorly in the previous election, has adopted a set of 'liberal' policies for its campaign...not least of which is its support for Euro-communism and a divergence from Moscow's policies.

    Santiago Carrillo's party has recently delivered strong criticism of Soviet policies, referring as far back as the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, which is branded as a 'repulsive demonstration of strength'. Spain's political Observers say the party is seeking to persuade voters that it is now fully democratic and independent.

    Marcelino Camacho, leader of the Communist Workers Commissions trade union, is exercising his political sway in factory workshops and nearby bars. It's from the union workers that the party expects to gain most of its support. The party's recent condemnation of terrorist action by the Basque Separatists is tipped to broaden its support in the country. With less than a week to go before the election, neither Socialists nor Centre Democrats look like achieving a clear majority. For the Communists, their success may be measured in just how big a contribution they make to the expected coalition government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KSQBVYT3G82N3SX4OLJMNS10
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KSQBVYT3G82N3SX4OLJMNS10
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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