In Spain there have been demonstrators on Friday (3 March) in the Basque town of Vitoria marking the second anniversary of riots in which five workers were killed.
VITORIA, SPAIN (MARCH 3, 1978) (REUTERS)
GV: Demonstrators marching beneath umbrellas carrying wreaths an chanting through the streets of Vitoria. (4 shots)
TOP VIEW PAN: Streets crowded with demonstrators marching.
TV: Wreaths carried in procession.
TOP GV: Demonstrators converging on square.
Background: In Spain there have been demonstrators on Friday (3 March) in the Basque town of Vitoria marking the second anniversary of riots in which five workers were killed. There were anniversary demonstrations also in Pamplona in which two policemen were injured. More than 30 petrol bombs were thrown at the police who fired rubber bullets and smoke bombs in retaliation.
But in Vitoria the demonstrations were quiet, a contrast to the troubles of two years ago when the five workers died in clashes with police during a day of struggle":, a show of solidarity by workers in the Basque region of Northern Spain. The incident in which they died was the most serious outbreak of violence since General Franco's death. Since then the victims of the violence have been honoured as "martyrs of the people".
Many of those who marched shouted slogans in support of the ETA, the Basque separatist guerilla organisation. Those who support the ETA still fight for complete basque independence, opposing the Spanish Government's concessions towards a measure of autonomy. When a new Spanish constitution is announced later this year it is expected the Basques will be offered fuller autonomy, although a fully sovereign state loosely tied to Spain is not expected to be acceptable to the central government.