Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rally Marks Anniversary Of Spain Dictator's Death

Mohamed, 33-years old, from Senegal, puts away a picture of former German leader Adolf Hitler at the stand where he works temporary selling fascist and nazi merchandise, at the end of the 38th anniversary of former Spanish Dictator Gen. Francisco Franco's death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past held a rally on Sunday to mark the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death. The peaceful demonstration was held in Madrid's central Plaza de Oriente square near the opera and Royal Palace in the city's old quarter. On Saturday an anti-Franco protest was held northwest of Madrid at Franco's mausoleum.

MADRID, SPAIN (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Hundreds of people nostalgic for Spain's fascist past have held a rally outside Madrid's downtown Royal Palace to commemorate the 38th anniversary of dictator Francisco Franco's death.

Eduardo Arias, president of the right-wing Spanish Patriotic Knot association, addressed the gathering and exhorted the government to oppose immigration at a time when the country has sky-high unemployment. Sympathizers made stiff-arm salutes and waved Spanish flags before singing anthems dating from Franco's 1939-1975 rule.

Stalls sold far-right, fascist and Nazi memorabilia to curious passers-by on the fringes of Sunday's rally. On Saturday an anti-fascist protest was held outside El Valle de los Caidos, a giant mausoleum north of Madrid where Franco is buried.

Franco won the 1936-1939 civil war with the help of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy.
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