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The World : Spain Quells U.S. Protest

March 16, 1987

Police on horseback repelled demonstrators at the Torrejon air base near Madrid after thousands of Spaniards marched to the base to demand an end to the U.S. military presence in Spain. One person was injured when some of the protesters threw rocks at police, who responded with water cannon, smoke bombs and baton charges. A few hours after the march, Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger arrived in Madrid for a two-day visit. He said he will ask the government to allow the U.S. Air Force to keep 72 F-16 jets stationed at the base as part of Western defenses.

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