INTRODUCTION In Madrid, there has been the first legal leftist political meeting in Spain since the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 39.
MV INTERIOR Crowds arrive in bullring in Madrid chanting and waving banners (3 shots)
MV PAN Crowds chanting and waving fists
MV Crowds listening
MV Crowds applaud and wave banners
CU Professor Tierno Galvan, leader of Popular Socialist Party, listening
MV Crowds applaud (2 shots)
CU Prof. Galvan PULL BACK TO MV of second speaker
GV Audience applaud and start to chant
MV Crowds chanting with clenched fists (2 shots)
MV Third speaker PULL BACK TO GV of bullring
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION At one stage in the rally there was a storm of booing which greeted the mention of the Popular Alliance, the right-wing party expected to poll a huge conservative vote in the general elections.
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Background: 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).