On February 28 voters in the Andalucian region of Spain will go to the polls in a preliminary home-rule referendum.
GV Alhambra Palace, Granada
SV & CU Autonomy election posters urging 'yes' vote (2 shots)
CU Girl wearing sticker applauds as Socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez mounts platform and waves to cheering crowd (2 shots)
SV Crowd waving autonomy flag
GV PAN & SV Crowd assembled in Granada City Square listening to address from Felipe Gonzalez (3 shots)
GV & LV Crowd applauds and chants (3 shots)
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Background: On February 28 voters in the Andalucian region of Spain will go to the polls in a preliminary home-rule referendum. If a majority votes 'Yes' a home-rule plan will be worked out in the Madrid Parliament and put before the Andalucian people in another referendum. On Saturday (23 February) Socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez addressed a rally in Granada, and called for a 'yes' vote.
SYNOPSIS: The pro-autonomy campaign is led by the Socialist and Communist parties and the left-wing regional Andalucian parties. The principle of regional autonomy was accepted in Spain's Post-Franco Constitution and has already been granted to Catalonia and the Basque provinces. But the Central Democratic Union Government says a rapid shift from centralism to a state of autonomous regions would involve excessive costs. The government is campaigning for abstentions in the referendum to slow down the autonomy process.
In his speech to supporters in Granada City Square, Mr. Gonzalez argued that a local government would be better equipped to handle Anadalucia's problems. There is widespread unemployment in the region, largely resulting from a feudal land ownership structure. Most farm workers have only seasonal jobs and whole villages migrate to France for the grape and fruit-picking season. A public opinion poll earlier this month indicated a small majority of the six-million Andalucians favour home-rule.