Spanish government representatives are to negotiate with Basque nationalist leaders to draw up a home rule statue for the Basque region.
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN: Demonstrators with banners and flags mill around street area in Pamplona, Spain.
SCU: Man with child on shoulder PAN TO demonstrators chanting.
SV PAN: Demonstrators move down road led by speaking through loud hailer. (TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN: People lining street as demonstrators walk past carrying flags, banners and chanting (good natsof)
GV PAN: From demonstrators to fountain to assembled demonstrators standing in street
GV TOP VIEW PAN: Demonstrators marching through square.
SV PAN: From man with loud ??? to old woman in wheelchair and child carrying flag followed by demonstrators with clenched fists shouting. (NIGHT SHOT)
SCU: Nationalist flags ZOOM INTO demonstrators chanting.
SV: Demonstrators carrying large banner calling for autonomy.
SV: Man with loud ??? calling demonstrators to walk forward.
The Spanish Government's move to negotiate with the Basques came five days after an estimated one million people demonstrated for Catalan home rule in Barcelona on 12 September. EDITORS: PLEASE REFER TO SERVICES STORY 7365/77). At the same time as announcing the move for negotiations with the Basques, Regional Relations Minister Arevalo also said that an autonomous Catalan Government might be proclaimed by the end of September on a provisional basis, pending the drafting of the new Spanish constitution. (EDITORS: FOR OTHER DETAILS ON BASQUE DEMONSTRATIONS RECENTLY, PLEASE REFER TO SERVICES STORIES 7137/77, 7120/77 and ????/77).
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Background: Spanish government representatives are to negotiate with Basque nationalist leaders to draw up a home rule statue for the Basque region. The move follows a series of Basque demonstrations throughout northern Spain and a massive display of Catalan separatist feeling at a huge demonstration in Barcelona. The latest demonstrate culminated in a noisy march through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.
SYNOPSIS: In what's become a regular sight in northern Spain over the past two months, thousands of Basque separatists gathered with flags and banners announcing their cause. Some brought their children. This demonstration attracted an estimated 30,000 people.
Although an organised, peaceful show of strength, the marchers demanded autonomy for the Basque region, legalisation of all political parties, and a total amnesty for political prisoners. Crucial issues in the minds of Basque leaders.
Dissatisfied with central government response to their demands, the demonstrators shouted for the dismissal of the Interior Minister, Senor Rodolfo Martin Villa and the president of the Provincial Delegation of the central government, Senor Amadeo Parcoy Lin????.
The minister for Regional Relations, Senor Manual Clavero Arevalo, had announced the previous day that the government was prepared to talk with the Basques, who would be represented by their elected members in the Spanish Parliament. He said the elected members and not the representatives of the Basque government in exile, had been chosen at the specific request of the Basque exiles' leader Senor Jesus Maria Leizaola.
But as the demonstrators continued into the night, the marchers' calls for autonomy and amnesty showed no sign of diminishing.