INTRODUCTION: The Communist Party, campaigning hard for the forth-coming Spanish general election, has spread its activities to rural villages where the influence of the late General Franco was at its strongest.
GV: speaker addressing Communist Party general rally, Villa Viciosa de Odon, Spain.
SV: man on rooftop with Communist flag.
CU: speaker addressing crowd, PAN TO crowd applauding.
LV ZOOM OUT FROM: mayor's house TO GV AND SV crowd listening to speech and chanting slogans. (2 shots)
SV: election posters pasted onto wall.
SV PAN: loud-hailer driving into village playing music, and election workers throwing leaflets out of window.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Communist Party, campaigning hard for the forth-coming Spanish general election, has spread its activities to rural villages where the influence of the late General Franco was at its strongest.
SYNOPSIS: The Communists have taken their campaign to villages like Villaviciosa de Odon, 30 miles (50 kilometres) south-west of Madrid. In hundreds of villages like this throughout Spain, the Civil Guard, village mayors and local landowners made sure the Franco line was rigidly enforced. Much of the Communists' support comes from workers in the big towns and cities, and votes from electors in villages like this will be needed if the party hopes to improve its current position. The party has only been legalized for a few months, but is already the third most popular, after the Centre Democratic Union and the Socialist Workers Party.
Party leader, Senor Santiago Carrillo, 61, is one of the main spokesmen for Eurocommunism, the policy of independence of western Communist Parties from the Soviet Union. His views are reflected in the party's moderate campaign platform. They call for a unitary and not a federal state, but with recognition of regional autonomy.
On the economy, the Communist propose 'socialising' some heavy industry, but say that Spain should have a mixed private-public economy for a long time. It has accepted the red and gold monarchist flag and said it would recognize the monarchy after the elections if King Juan Carlos continues the policy of reforms his government has been carrying out.