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    An estimated quarter of a million Socialist mourners marched through Madrid streets on Saturday (8 April) to the burial of former Republican premier Francisco Largo Caballero.

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    HIGH ANGLES Procession of funeral cortege through madrid streets. (2 shots)

    HIGH ANGLE People lining street as hearse moves by followed by ranks of mourners. (3 shots)

    MV Hearse moving along as spectators watch from kerbside. (2 shots)

    CU Communist sign PULL BACK TO GV People standing with banner and raised clenched fists.

    GV PULL BACK TO Mourners standing inside and outside cemetery singing with raised fists.

    MV PAN Mourners singing at graveside.

    MV Mourners singing at graveside.

    MV Coffin of Largo Caballero lowered into grave. (3 shots)

    Madrid street and crowd gathered out side UGT (Socialist Union HQ) "UGT" sign-damage presumably due to right wing attacks on socialist union hq. people file in to"lying in state" room. some wear UGT or socialist badges. Largo Caballero s coffin inside room as people pass by pay last respects prior burial Foto of union leader Sr Largo Caballero ((( filmed saturday morning)))

    GV damaged State Bulletin building with police car outside. Damage and broken windows in bldgs and house opposite. hole cause by explosion. THE 6 am explosion caused damage but no injuries, thought to be due to labour problems in the state bulletin printing house. GV HIGH ANGLE massed crowds and flags leaving Madrid bullring area behind hearse of Largo Caballero labour leader in pre Franco times who died in exile 1946 Hearse followed by relations of dead one time minister in pre Franco Republic. Crowds en route to the civil (non catholic) cemetery east of Madrid. Interior cemetery, see crowds on hill beyond cemetery walls.

    CUs family-I THINK daughter of Largo Caballero-at grave side. Coffin arrives and lowered as crowd sings International.

    CUs Felie Gonzalez, leader of PSOE, spanish socialist workers party at grave

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    Background: An estimated quarter of a million Socialist mourners marched through Madrid streets on Saturday (8 April) to the burial of former Republican premier Francisco Largo Caballero. Senor Largo Caballero had died in Paris in exile in 1946.

    SYNOPSIS: He was the first of the late General Francisco Franco's Civil War enemies to be brought back to Spain for reburial. In the 32 years since his death he had lain in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris alongside the bodies of the Paris commune fighters. The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) had brought his body back for reburial in Madrid.

    Senior largo Caballero had been known in his lifetime as the Spanish Lenin, and was head of the Socialist General Workers' Union.

    Mourners inside and outside the cemetery, many of them veteran Socialist militants, raised clenched fists in salute and sang the Socialist anthem, the Internationale. For older mourners, it was homage for the man who had been their Prime Minister for eight months during the three years of the Civil War.

    Among the multitudes paying their belated last respects were the present Spanish Socialist leader, Senor Felipe Gonzalez, and three of the dead man's surviving children. Before he died in Paris, Senor Largo Caballero had said he wanted eventually to be buried in madrid's civil cemetery alongside the grave of his wife.

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