Autor: Eder, Richard. 
   Spaniards strike to aid prisoners  :   
 15,000 to 25,000 Join to Press Madrid for Amnesty. 
 The New York Times.    04/11/1970.  Página: 7. Páginas: 1. Párrafos: 9. 


By RICHARD EDER Special to The New York Times

New York Times (1857- Current file). Now 4, 1970 ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York



15,000 to 25,000 Join to Press Madrid for Amnesty


Speciall to The New York Times

MADRID, Nov. 3—A scattering of strikes and demonstrations calling for the reléase of Spain´s political prisonners broke out in Madrid and other Spanish cities today.

The strikes, principally among workers in the printing, building and metal trades, lasted anywhere from an hour to the whole day. In Madrid, the Government - controlled press agency Cifra estimated that 15,000 workers had struck. Other estimates put the figure at 25,000.

The strikes did not affect public services or trade, nor did they make much of a mark on ordinary life or business. Their organizers—the clandestina workers´ commissions— had not expected them to, and late last week, representatives of the commission told the foreign press that that effort would be "partial and selective."

1,000 Leave a Factory

The strikes were partícularly visible in parts of the city´s industrial belt. Five thousand workers at the Pegaso truck factory sat down at their machines, while busloads of greenuniformed civil guards ringed the plant. At the Perkins agricultural machinery plant 1,000 workers left their jobs and marched through the street until they were dispersed by the pólice.

Stoppages were reported in some factories in Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao. What the total number of workers taking part throughout Spain would be was not known, but independent sources estimated it as not over 50,000, or a tiny proportion of the country.´s labor forcé.

The most serious violence of the day was at the University of Madrid, where the pólice charged into the schools of medicine, economics and political science to break up mectings. Groups of 50 and 100 students raced through the campus afterward, jeering and throwing stones at the pólice, who responded with baton charges.

Seeks to Free 600 to 800

The amnesty campaign, which has been going on for some time and has been supported by a number of professional groups, including Spain´s lawyers, aims at freeing 600 to 800 Spaniards now serving prison terms for political offenses.

Representatives of the workers´ commissions — underground activist groups dominated by Communists and leftwing Catholics—had predicted that only a small proportion of Spanish workers would respond to the strike call. They said they were not disappointed by the showing.

They argued that staging any kind of significant labor demonstration under the restrictive conditions in Spain is a victory in itself, and the equivalent of a far more massive demonstration anywhere else.

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