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    INTRODUCTION Several thousand prisoners have been released from Spanish jails following a general call for amnesty for political detainees.

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    INTRODUCTION Several thousand prisoners have been released from Spanish jails following a general call for amnesty for political detainees. The release came as King Juan Carlos returned home from an overseas tour in the middle of an internal crisis.

    SYNOPSIS: While King Carlos was away, the Spanish Government released more than 500 prisoners under a recent amnesty. The amnesty was aimed at preparing the way for general elections later this year, but according to the Ministry of Justice only a small proportion of the released prisoners were in the so-called 'political' category. Among those released were nine out of 100 Basque Nationalists -- the largest group of political prisoners in Spanish jails.

    The Basques are the main thorn in the Government's side in the current situation -- and are expected to be a major factor in the general elections in May, the first democratic vote in the country for more than forty years.

    Although only a small fraction of the number of prisoners released, the Basques received a massive emotional welcome.

    The Basques have been a major factor in Spanish politics for several years -- they're a small proportion of the population, but a vociferous one, and have contributed a large amount towards the general unrest in the country since the death of General Francisco Franco and the advent of a low democracy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8TEACOVQM0L4EBL15HFW9YFDU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8TEACOVQM0L4EBL15HFW9YFDU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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