Political leaders in Spain have held their final campaign rallies prior to Thursday's (6 December) referendum on a new constitution which calls for the abolishing of authoritarian laws passed by the late dictator General Francisco Franco and under which Spaniards have lived for four decades.
SV & CU people in hall (TWO SHOTS)
SCU delegates speaking
GV crowd applaud (TWO SHOTS)
GVs delegate speaking ZOOM INTO Carrillo
SV crowd applaud ZOOM INTO young girl giving clenched fist salute
SCU Carrillo speaking in Spanish
GV crowd applauds and chanting slogans (TWO SHOTS)
CU Carrillo singing Internationale and ZOOM OUT TO delegates and supporters with cleaned fist salute
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Background: Political leaders in Spain have held their final campaign rallies prior to Thursday's (6 December) referendum on a new constitution which calls for the abolishing of authoritarian laws passed by the late dictator General Francisco Franco and under which Spaniards have lived for four decades.
SYNOPSIS: The two major parties, The Ruling Centre Union Party, led by the Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez and opposition Socialist Party led by Mr Felipe Gonzalez, have united to urge their followers to accept the new constitution which guarantees basic human rights including political, religious and Social freedom. The Cortes parliament overwhelmingly approved the constitution in October.
Spain's communist party, the third largest political body, also supports the charter. Its leader, Mr Santiago Carrillo, held a vigorous campaign schedule and his meetings were attended by massive crowds singing and shouting their support. The opposition to the new constitution ... forecast in the latest polls to take only five to ten percent of the vote ... expected to come from extremists of the right and left and by many Basque Nationalists dissatisfied by the charter's provisions for granting regional autonomy.
The Constitution defines Spain as a parliamentary monarchy and guarantees freedom of speech, a free press and political and trade union rights.