INTRODUCTION: The continuing power struggle in Spain -- left-wing demonstrators calling for an amnesty for political prisoners have clashed with police in a running battle through the streets of Madrid.
TV Small group of left-wing demonstrators walking along pavement in Madrid, Spain.
TV Policeman talking to motorcyclist with another policeman watching.
TV Right-wing youth brandishing pistol and running along pavement.
TV Policemen running up road.
TV Policemen chasing demonstrators and swinging at them with truncheons -- demonstrator throws case at policemen and runs away quickly.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The continuing power struggle in Spain -- left-wing demonstrators calling for an amnesty for political prisoners have clashed with police in a running battle through the streets of Madrid. The protest came as outlawed left-wing opposition party leaders are taking to the government for the first time -- seeking recognition of all political parties in Spain, and an amnesty for all political prisoners.
SYNOPSIS: Officially, demonstrations are banned. But as the government gradually relaxes its once-iron control over the left wing, police are becoming less active in dealing with demonstrators. The Madrid demonstration came as the country's para-military civil guards were occupied in the north, stopping a grievance meeting of Basque mayors.
The protest became violent when right-wing youths -- one of them armed with a pistol -- clashed with the marchers. Police joined in the chase, and scuffles broke out.
The demonstration had been specifically banned by the civil governor. But the organisers said it was going ahead anyway -- and they would not be responsible for street violence if police tried to enforce the ban.