A funeral mass for an assassinated politician at a church in the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Wednesday (13 October) was turned into a right-wing demonstration against the Government's reform policies.
MV: people leaving church in Madrid.
MV: Inesta Cano in military uniform leaving church cheered and applauded by crowd. (4 shots)
CU: Plaque commemorating assassination of Carrero Blanco PULL BACK TO GV of demonstrators in street chanting.
GV: crowd singing and giving fascist salute. (2 shots)
MV: women applauding PAN TO riot police standing watching.
MV: women rushes up to policeman and kisses policeman.
MV: man shaking hands with policeman as people cheer and applaud.
MV: crowd chanting and applauding riot police.
The mass was also attended by the former right-wing Public Works Minister, Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora, who is a leading campaigner in the National Movement, the State Party, to water down the Government's plans for direct elections to both houses of a new Parliament next year. He is also one of six former ministers who last weekend launched a right-wing Popular Alliance, designed to win favour among Spaniards who want change without breaking completely with the past.
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Background: A funeral mass for an assassinated politician at a church in the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Wednesday (13 October) was turned into a right-wing demonstration against the Government's reform policies. Many of the demonstrators even called for an army take-over of government.
SYNOPSIS: The mass was held for Senor Juan Maria de Araluce, a member of Spain's highest advisory body, the Council of the Realm, who was assassinated by Basque guerrillas nine days before. Among the congregation was the former Commander of the Spanish Civil Guard, Lieutenant General Carlos Iniesta Cano. The Government recently announced his premature retirement in retaliation for an open letter he sent to a right-wing newspaper criticising political reforms proposed by the Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez. General Cano was given a rapturous reception by the demonstrators.
The crowd later marched to the rear of the church where a plaque stood commemorating Luis Carrero Blanco, the former Prime Minister who was also assassinated by Basque guerrillas in 1973. With hands raised in the Fascist salute, the demonstrators sand the Falangist anthem "Face To The Sun". Senor Araluce was Killed, together with his chauffeur and three Police bodyguards, in a machine-gun attack in San Sebastian.
Right-wing politicians and supporters have accused the Spanish Government of encouraging guerrilla violence by relaxing the rigid system of the late General Francisco Franco. Riot Police stood-by to prevent the demonstrators from continuing their march, but they in turn became an object of the demonstration, with many demonstrators shouting "Long live the Police". The right-wingers are opposed to Government plans to hold direct elections next year.