Hundreds of supporters of the Basque Nationalist Party packed into a large assembly hall in San Sebastian, the provincial capital in northern Spain, on Sunday (5 December), for a mass political rally.
GV AND SV EXTERIOR: people arriving Basque Nationalist party headquarters in San Sebastian. (3 shots)
SV: people entering hall.
GV INTERIOR PAN FROM audience TO top table.
CU: M. Xavier Arzallus speaking at microphone PAN TO audience giving standing ovation at end of speech.
SV: man waving flag over audience PAN TO M. Arzallus.
CU: flag waving PAN DOWN TO GV; crowd singing Basque National hymn. (2 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of supporters of the Basque Nationalist Party packed into a large assembly hall in San Sebastian, the provincial capital in northern Spain, on Sunday (5 December), for a mass political rally.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting had been organised by the Party on a ticket only basis. During the day there were disturbances in other parts of the province. The San Sebastian meeting issued a call for the freedom and independence of the Basque people. But the statement said that it should not be achieved through revolution or violence. Under General Franco's regime privileges were denied to the basque provinces because they had supported the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.
In October, the new Spanish Government announced that these privileges would be restored. Sunday's large meeting was addressed by one of the Party's most prominent leaders, Xavier Arzallus. Meanwhile, not far from San Sebastian, Basque Nationalists were taking part in a demonstration in the small town of Atocha. The demonstration had begun at an after noon football match in the local stadium. The demonstrators threw stones at police who fired rubber bullets at them. Cars were overturned and three people were slightly injured.
In Barcelona, about one thousand five hundred Basques joined a demonstration, chanting Catalan songs and calling for a boycott of the referendum on the government's plans for Parliamentary democracy which is to be held on the fifteenth of this month. They marched through the city's main streets waving the red and yellow striped Catalan flag. Same groups of demonstrators threw up barricades, but they were eventually dispersed by police baton charges.