Spain's Communist Party leader Senor Santiago Carrillo said on Sunday (23 November) that King Juan Carlos' first speech showed that nothing had changed in Spain.
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SCU Spanish Communist Leader Santiago Carrillo speaking in Spanish
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Background: Spain's Communist Party leader Senor Santiago Carrillo said on Sunday (23 November) that King Juan Carlos' first speech showed that nothing had changed in Spain.
Senor Carrillo told a rally organised by the Greek Communist party and affiliated organisations that Juan Carlos' credibility was limited because he had been trained by the late Spanish dictator General Franco to be his successor.
He added that the new form of government in Spain should be decided by the people through a referendum and a provisional government from all parties should be formed in the Spanish capital Madrid.
The Communist party is at the moment still outlawed in Spain. The party was one of the parties which made up the Republican army defeated by General Franco's Nationalists in the 1937-39 war.
The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who was once imprisoned in Greece for his Communist beliefs, was among an enthusiastic crowd who listened to Senor Carrillo and two other Spanish democratic leaders. Senor Jose Vital Beinto, a socialist, and Senor Carlo Cerer, representing a Monarchist movement which opposed General Franco, were also present.
Many of the Greek crowd carried red flags and placards bearing anti-Fascist slogans.