There were plenty of red banners being waved at the Vista Alegre bullring in Madrid, on Friday (23 September) but they had nothing to do with bullfighting.
There were plenty of red banners being waved at the Vista Alegre bullring in Madrid, on Friday (23 September) but they had nothing to do with bullfighting. The crowd, made up of members and supporters of the Workers Commissions, was there to discuss trade union matters, and to hear an address by Communist Labour leader, Mr. Marcelino Camacho.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time the Workers Commissions had held a mass meeting. As representatives of workers and trade union interests they operated illegally for many years under the Franco regime, and have only recently been legalised under Spain's more liberal Government.
Several other political groups which were previously illegal have lately been legalised by the Spanish Government in what it call its "programme of democratisation". Topics at this meeting included trade union and Government policies.
Communist Labour leader, Marcelino Camacho, was greeted enthusiastically by the crowd. He's one of the best-known of the Communists' leaders and has been jailed several times for long periods for his political beliefs during General Franco's rule. The meeting was organised to put forward the Commissions' views on various issues in view of Spain's forthcoming municipal elections.