Thousands of Spaniards took part in co-ordinated national demonstrations on May 20 to demand their country's withdrawal from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).
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2. CU Effigy of President Ronald Reagan, marchers chanting. (3 SHOTS) 0.35
3. GV Demonstrators with Vietnamese banner. 0.42
4. TVs Chanting and entering main square. (2 SHOTS) 1.01
5. CU Demonstrators chanting. 1.07
6. GVs Assembling in square, listening to speakers and chanting. (3 SHOTS) 1.31
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Background: PAMPLONA, SPAIN
Thousands of Spaniards took part in co-ordinated national demonstrations on May 20 to demand their country's withdrawal from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). In Pamplona, the protestors carried banners and an effigy of President Ronald Reagan as they marched to a rally in the Plaza del Castillo (Castillo Square). An 18 kilometre (12 mile) human chain was formed through Barcelona as part of the day's actions. Organisers said the demonstrations were supported by youth groups of the ruling Socialist Party and the Communist Party, trade unions and pacifist groups. In Southern Catagena, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse some 200 demonstrators who attempted to march towards a military garrison, but no injuries were reported. Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez froze Spain's integration into NATO upon taking office in December, 1982 and is committed to hold a referendum on the subject of Spanish membership of the organisation. He has recently indicated, however, that he favoured Spain's presence in the alliance.
Source: REUTERS - INAKI AIZPURU ZUBITUR