Seven years after the death of fascist leader General Francisco Franco, ultra-right-wing parties in Spain are mustering impressive support in a nation where 16 per cent of the workforce is out of work.
GV PAN Crowd and people in platform give fascist salute as national anthem is played. (2 SHOTS)
GV Leader of ultra-right wing party Fuerza Nueva (New Force) Blas Pinar gets on to platform as crowd applauds. (5 SHOTS)
SCU Pinar addressing enthusiastic crowd. (Spanish SOT) (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN Crowd singing Cara Al Sol, fascist battle song of civil war, while giving fascist salute. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Pinar hailing crowd.
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Background: Seven years after the death of fascist leader General Francisco Franco, ultra-right-wing parties in Spain are mustering impressive support in a nation where 16 per cent of the workforce is out of work. Full employment, order and unity are the rallying cries of New Force leader, Blas Pinar, the only extreme right-wing member of the present parliament. At an electoral rally held on October 24, fascist salutes and songs underscored his supporters' fears of a Socialist victory in the October 28 general elections. These are the third since Spain became a constitutional monarchy in 1975. The ultra-right, known generally as the National Forces, are heavily supported by the army. Together, they believe the predicted victory of Socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez will bring a Marxist revolution to Spain. With the collapse of the ruling Union of the Democratic Centre, the electoral campaign has turned into a two-way race between the Socialists and the right-of-centre Popular Alliance led by Manuel Fraga.