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    More than two thousand Falangists vowed to "defend the Spain of Franco" on Thursday (20 November) in an emotional rally in Madrid following the announcement of General Franco's death.

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    More than two thousand Falangists vowed to "defend the Spain of Franco" on Thursday (20 November) in an emotional rally in Madrid following the announcement of General Franco's death.

    The rally began in the Spanish capital and the Falangists then continued on foot for 50 kilometres (30 miles) to the Valley of the Fallen, the mountain basilica where their leader will be buried on Sunday (23 November).

    Falangists are Spain's extreme right-wing group and lead the fight to continue Franco's rule. Many of those at the rally are veterans of the Spanish Civil War and the Blue Division that fought for Hitler on the Russian Front in World War Two.

    At an annual requiem mass at the Valley of the Fallen for the founder of the Falange, Jose Antonio primo de Rivera, leaders of the movement called on member to protect Spain "from the enemies within our fatherland".

    Arms raised in Fascist-style salutes and screaming shouts of "Franco, Franco", the blue-shirted Falangists vowed to defend Franco's Spain.

    The requiem mass, always attended by General Franco in the past, was lacking even a cabinet member on Thursday.

    Primo de Rivera was executed 39 years ago by a Republican firing squad soon after the start of the 1936-39 civil war. He is buried in the basilica.

    The Falange movement, founded in 1933, provided the basis for General Franco's movement, a unification of the forces which supported him.

    After the service, deliberately shortened to enable preparations for Sunday's funeral, police began security preparations for the funeral and workers started cleaning the basilica.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1VKIIAS2NBEGQIW49Y3WGQWVK
    Media URN:
    VLVA1VKIIAS2NBEGQIW49Y3WGQWVK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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