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    INTRODUCTION In Madrid, there has been the first legal leftist political meeting in Spain since the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 39.

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    INTRODUCTION In Madrid, there has been the first legal leftist political meeting in Spain since the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 39.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people poured into a bullring in the capital for the meeting on Saturday (26 March).

    They gave clenched fist salutes and sang the "Internationale." The white-washed bullring in the Madrid working class suburb of Carabanchel was filled with the red, yellow and purple flag of the Spanish republicans and the red banners of socialism.

    The meeting was organised by the Popular Socialist Party, a small Marxist group. One PSP speaker summed up the rally by saying that it was the best proof that it was possible to make the transition from dictatorship to democracy without violence. He said Spaniards did not want any more wars.

    Professor Tierno Galvan, the party's leader was at the rally. the PSP is one of the 94 political groups legalised in advance of the promised first parliamentary elections since General Franco's military uprising of 1936.

    A message of support from the still illegal Spanish Communist party produced the loudest cheers and cries of "unity". At one stage the audience stood up to raise clenched fists in a tribute to "victims of fascism" in Spain during the last 40 years. Spanish anarchists, who once had millions of members before the civil war, planned another mass rally for Sunday (27 March).

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    Film ID:
    VLVACYXHI2L4DYUU9N6UMDRBRNC11
    Media URN:
    VLVACYXHI2L4DYUU9N6UMDRBRNC11
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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