• Short Summary

    A MASS DEMONSTRATION PLANNED BY SUPPORTERS OF AN INDEPENDENT STATE FROM SPAIN'S FOUR NORTH-EASTERN BASQUE PROVINCES NEVER GOT OFF THE GROUND ON SUNDAY (14 APRIL), OWING TO POLICE SATURATION OF SAN SEBASTIAN, THE PYRENEES TOWN CHOSEN FOR THE PROTEST.

  • Description

    A MASS DEMONSTRATION PLANNED BY SUPPORTERS OF AN INDEPENDENT STATE FROM SPAIN'S FOUR NORTH-EASTERN BASQUE PROVINCES NEVER GOT OFF THE GROUND ON SUNDAY (14 APRIL), OWING TO POLICE SATURATION OF SAN SEBASTIAN, THE PYRENEES TOWN CHOSEN FOR THE PROTEST. POLICE SEALED OFF THE COASTAL TOURIST RESORT AS THE PARIS-BASED BASQUE 'GOVERNMENT IN EXILE' CALLED FOR AN EASTER SUNDAY DEMONSTRATION.

    THERE WERE REPORTS OF CLASHED BETWEEN POLICE AND DEMONSTRATORS, BUT THERE LATER PROVED TO BE UNFOUNDED. STRICT MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN TO PREVENT GROUPS FORMING INTO LARGE ENOUGH NUMBERS TO EXPRESS THEIR PROTEST. BETWEEN 3,000 AND 5,000 POLICE SEALED OFF THE TOWN WITH ROADBLOCKS, MAKING ACCESS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE, AND EVEN THE SMALLER STREETS WERE FENCED IN. POLICE HELICOPTERS, LANDROVERS, WATER-TRUCKS, AND HORSES ALSO CIRCULATED TO BREAK UP ANY GROUPS THAT SHOWED SIGNS OF GETTING TOO LARGE.

    THERE ARE ABOUT 750,000 BASQUES LIVING IN THE FOUR NORTHERN PROVINCES OF SPAIN, AND, WITH THEIR OWN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, THEY HAVE OFTEN AGITATED FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM BOTH SPAIN AND FRANCE. SOME SUPPORTERS OF THIS SCHEME ALSO WANT TO INCLUDE THE FRENCH BASQUE REGIONS ON THE NORTHERN SLOPES OF THE PYRENEES.

    SOCIALISTS, MEMBERS OF THE 'WORKER COMMISSION' - SPAIN'S MOST POWERFUL UNDERGROUND LABOUR MOVEMENT - AND PRIESTS WERE EXPECTED TO HAVE BEEN AMONG THOSE DEMONSTRATING FOR THE BASQUE CAUSE. SEVERAL PRIESTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED AND JAILED FOR THEIR PART IN PREVIOUS DEMONSTRATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC3J7GMQNIBGWXXURO1IWBFNDH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3J7GMQNIBGWXXURO1IWBFNDH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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