In Spain, demonstrators chained themselves together outside the European Security Conference centre in Madrid on Friday (19 December) to protest against alleged torture of Basque separations.
GVs Delegates at European Security Conference in Madrid (5 shots)
GVs and CUs Empty conference centre (6 shots)
GV Basque protestors chined together (Natural sound begins outside conference centres and police using wire cutters to separate them and take them away in police vehicles (6 shots)
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Background: In Spain, demonstrators chained themselves together outside the European Security Conference centre in Madrid on Friday (19 December) to protest against alleged torture of Basque separations. The conference was adjourned for Christmas with delegates resigned to little progress when it resumes in late January.
SYNOPSIS: American and other Western diplomats at the conference said it had served its propose by keeping the Soviet Union under steady pressure over human rights and Afghanistan. For the first six weeks of the conference, Western delegations accused the Soviet Union of breaching East-West detente by limiting human rights and keeping troops in Afghanistan for the last 12 months. Officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) said there was no hope of building on the Helsinki detente while Soviet troops stayed in Afghanistan and fears of invasion persisted in Poland.
The Madrid conference adjourned on Friday night with statements from the United States and Britain. When private discussions begin again on January the 27th, delegates from East and West will discuss rival plans for a disarmament conference. But before the conference shut down, problems were caused outside by protestors from the Basque region of Spain.
About 20 demonstrators chained themselves together to demand the release of detained guerrilla suspects and an end to alleged police torture in the Basque region.
Police using wire cutters quickly separated the demonstrators and took them away. But in another protest local left-wing officials demanded the closure of shooting ranges used by the United States and Spanish military forces in Navarre province.
According to the protestors, the ranges are used by the air forces of both countries, and 14 aircraft have crashed in the past 12 years. They maintain that the target practice is a serious danger to farmers in the region, and they want it stopped. But the delegates at the security conference were more concerned with the spread of nuclear weapons.