Thousands of mourners attended the funeral services of three of the five left-wing lawyers who were shot dead by gunmen on Monday (24 January).
GV EXTERIOR: mourners outside Palace of Justice
GV: mourners with clenched fists and ZOOM INTO newspaper with photos of dead men
SV: coffins carried through crowd as mourners look on (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR ZOOM OUT TO GV bodies lying in open coffins.(MUTE)
GV ZOOM INTO close flag at half mast over university building
SV PANC DOWN FROM flag to nearly completed entrance of new science faculty
GV AND SV: deserted building sites.
CU: word "government murderers" scrawled on wall
GV: idle tower cranes (2 shots)
The Spanish Government issued a decree banning all demonstrations and giving police wide powers of search and arrest at a late sitting in Madrid on Wednesday night (26 January). Government said the moves were made in a bid to curb "the rising spiral of violence aimed at provoking the armed forces into seizing control. "The police have been granted the power to search homes without warrants and hold terrorist suspects for up to 10 days without formal charges. The new legal under anti-terrorism law laid down by General Franco just before his death in November 1975.
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Background: Thousands of mourners attended the funeral services of three of the five left-wing lawyers who were shot dead by gunmen on Monday (24 January). The special services were held at the Spanish Law Association's headquarters in Madrid on Wednesday (26 January). Mourners gave clenched fist salutes as the coffins were carried into the association building, where the three dead will lie in state. Meanwhile strikes paralysed industry throughout Spain on Wednesday as workers protested against the current wave of political violence in the country, land "honoured the dead men."
SYNOPSIS: The three lawyers were gunned down in a machine-gun attack at a meeting of left-wingers in Madrid solicitor's office.
Three other people were seriously wounded in the attack staged by the right-wing group the Apostolic Anti-Communist Alliance (AAA). The lawyers who died were named as Angel Rodriguez Leal, Enrique Valdervira Ibanez, Luis Benevidez Orgas, Serafin Holgado and Franscisco Saquillo at the services on Wednesday. H???ge contingents of riot police, many on horses, kept a close watch on the crowd, but mourners were kept under control by Communist Party stewards.
Thousands of mourners will file past the coffins before the men are buried. However, leftists are being urged not to retaliate. Many politicians fear that continued violence could lead to the Spanish military abandoning their neutral position.
Strikes throughout Spain left factories, offices, schools and colleges unmanned. Buildings workers stayed away from work and all sites were deserted. Strikes also crippled coal mines in Asturias, textile mills in Barcelona and shipyards in Bilbao.
Slogans condemning the murders of the lawyers were painted on walls throughout Madrid. However, leftwingers generally obeyed trade union orders to stay off the streets -- in an attempt to avoid further violence.