INTRODUCTION: The Spanish government's decision to legalise the Communist party in Spain, after it had been outlawed for 38 years, was celebrated by the Basque Communist party.
INTRODUCTION: The Spanish government's decision to legalise the Communist party in Spain, after it had been outlawed for 38 years, was celebrated by the Basque Communist party. A rally to mark the occasion was held in the town of Gallarta, home town of the famous woman Communist Dolores Ibarruri, known internationally as 'La Pasionaria'.
SYNOPSIS: The rally attracted some 5,000 people, who poured into the little town of Gallarta, 20 kilometres from Bilbao, throughout Sunday (17 April). Famous as the birthplace of the fiery Dolores Ibarruri -- La Pasionaria -- the town was festooned with Red Flags and other Communist party insignia for the first time since the Civil War.
Held in the already restive Basque area, this was one of the biggest and noisiest Communist rallies since the Spanish government lifted the ban.
The Communist party of the Basque area claims it is separate from the Spanish party and is more concerned to identify itself with the aims of the Basque liberation movement, which is the most powerful political force in this region of Spain. But this day, the crowds were there to celebrate a political victory which made their movement legal at last.
The main speaker at the Gallarta rally was the general secretary of the Basque Communist party, Manuel Ormazabal, who urged party workers to continue the fight for socialism and the rights of Basques.
The rally ended with the singing of the 'Internationale'.