INTRODUCTION: In the Spanish capital, Madrid, a 19-year-old student was shot dead on Sunday (23 January) as thousands of demonstrators clashed with police.
GV EXTERIOR: riot police stand on street corner.
GV: street corner with police firing tear gas. (2 shots)
GV: riot police firing tear gas. (3 shots)
SV: street name down to civilians walking.
SV ZOOM IN TO police chalked outline of dead body.
SV: civilians walk in street with outline of body chalked on road. (2 shots)
There are an estimated 200 political prisoners in jail in Spain. The government has indicated it intends to widen an amnesty by King Juan Carlos last to cover most of those still imprisoned. But it has not acted because of the kidnapping of top establishment official Senor Antonio Maria de Oriol Y Urquijo. Senor Oriol's extreme leftist kidnappers have demanded the freedom of political prisoners in return for his release. A political amnesty is one of the main demands of the opposition, which was due to send six delegates on Monday (24 January) to negotiate conditions for democratic parliamentary elections this spring with Premier Adolfo Suarez.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Spanish capital, Madrid, a 19-year-old student was shot dead on Sunday (23 January) as thousands of demonstrators clashed with police. The demonstration which had been banned by the Madrid civil governor was called by left-wing groups to demand an amnesty for Spain's political prisoners. Opposition sources, quoted by Reuters news agency, said they believed the killing was carried out by members of an extreme right wing group called 'the Guerrillas of Christ the King', who are thought to have been behind a number of violent incidents.
SYNOPSIS: It was one of the biggest and roughest demonstrations ever seen in Madrid. The demonstrators were said by police to have used petrol bombs, and riot police used tear gas, smoke bombs and baton charges to break up pockets of demonstrators throughout the city centre. They fired so many gas canisters, in fact, that some landed among a group of their own men standing guard outside a police station. Witnesses said the police lashed out indiscriminately, clubbing passers-by and journalists as well as demonstrators, in the two hour battle. Several people were injured.
The dead student was shot in a street just off the central Gran Via, Madrid's main shopping street. Sympathisers placed a bunch of flowers on the chalked outline of the body which had been drawn by the police. A statement by Madrid's civil governor said that according to witnesses two men were responsible for the killing and police had identified the group to which the men belonged.