INTRODUCTION: Spain stopped work and observed a two minute silence at noon on Friday (8 May) in an emotional nationwide protest at urban guerrilla violence.
SV INT PAN People standing by coffins of three killed car bomb attack.
LV Square in Madrid.
GV Anti terrorism demonstrators holding banner.
GV PULL BACK TO LV Crowded square DISSOLVE TO cars parked and blocking road. (2 SHOTS)
GV People standing immobile in square.
GV PAN Parked cars TO people with banners lining street.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Spain stopped work and observed a two minute silence at noon on Friday (8 May) in an emotional nationwide protest at urban guerrilla violence. Traffic stopped pedestrians stood still and work was suspended in shops and factories in response to a call from the four main Spanish political parties.
SYNOPSIS: King Juan Carlos joined other members of the Spanish royal family to pay respects to the three killed in the previous day's bomb attack. The victims were a colonel aide of the royal military household, a bodyguard and a driver.
While the target of the attack, Lieutenant-General Joaquin Maria Valenzuela y Acibar-Jauregui continued to make a good recovery from abdominal and leg injuries, Spain began its two minutes silence. The appeal by the major parties, the first of its king since Spain began the transition from right-wing dictatorship five years ago, was widely followed. Millions kept the silence, broken only be bells and the wailing of sirens in factories and at ports.
Pedestrians stopped in their tracks, people stood at windows and on doorsteps, most motorists stopped and 600 trains came to a halt. Work stopped at factories and shops and radio stations suspended broadcasts.
The general mood of Spain was sympathetic appeal for a continuation of life in peace and justice .. a confirmation of the experiment in democracy. There was one exception in central Madrid where right-wing demonstrators gathered at the spot where the suspected Basque separatists carried out the previous day's attack.