Spaniards pay tribute to veteran Communist leader Carrillo
MADRID (AFP) - Hundreds of people bade goodbye to Spain's former Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo, a key player in the nation's transition to democracy, on Wednesday by filing past his coffin.
Mourners of all ages marched quietly by his open casket, which was draped with a large red party flag, as he lay in state at the auditorium of the Communist-led CCOO trade confederation in the centre of Madrid.
His trademark large glasses were still on his face and his arms were folded across his chest.
"He played an essential role in ensuring the rights that we enjoy today and which I think they are trying to take away from us," said Mr Alberto Gutierez, an unemployed 30-year-old.