INTRODUCTION: Left-wing supporters and ecology campaigners marched on the Torrejon American air base near Madrid on Sunday (25 January), protesting against both the Spanish government's plan to join NATO and the presence of American bases in Spain.
GV Protesters marching along road
TILT UP Onlooker watching march PAN AND TILT DOWN TO GV march
CU PAN Marchers holding banner and others with posters
GV Marchers with placard
LV & ZOOM IN Procession
GV Anti-US banners on bridge overpass (2 shots)
LV Approach to Us air base near Torrejon
SV Sign reading "Military Zone: Keep Out"
LV Air base runway
Gv Marchers pushing model of Us missile
TV Marchers in procession
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Left-wing supporters and ecology campaigners marched on the Torrejon American air base near Madrid on Sunday (25 January), protesting against both the Spanish government's plan to join NATO and the presence of American bases in Spain.
SYNOPSIS: Officials at the Madrid Civil Governor's office said 3,000 people took part in the 20 kilometre (12 mile) march but the left-wing groups who organised it put the figure at about 50,000. The only political parties to give the demonstration official support were two extra-Parliamentary left-wing groups.
Two members of Spain's main opposition Socialist Party were present, however, as were a number of trade union leaders and intellectuals. The route of the march was altered by police and demonstrators were unable to approach the heavily guarded Torrejon base.
Torrejon is one of four American-built airbases in Spain constructed 20 years ago to help the strategic air command. They're now Spanish owned, but under the terms of the Spanish-American treaty are still operated by United States Air Force personnel. The link with NATO has angered Spanish socialists. Last year, the Spanish government said it would join NATO before the country's next general election in 1983. The Socialist Party threatened to cancel NATO membership if it came to power in the election.