More than a hundred and fifty thousand Spaniards answered President Franco's call for support on Wednesday (1 October) when they turned out in large numbers to attend a pro-Franco rally in Madrid.
More than a hundred and fifty thousand Spaniards answered President Franco's call for support on Wednesday (1 October) when they turned out in large numbers to attend a pro-Franco rally in Madrid. President Franco asked the people to attend the rally to show the rest of the world they supported his Government's decision to execute two Basques and three Maoists last Saturday (27 September).
But while the banner waving demonstrators were working themselves into a frenzy three policemen were killed. It is believed they were slaughtered in revenge for the five urban guerrillas who died on Saturday (27 September). The three dead, and another policeman who was badly wounded, were all attacked separately as they were guarding suburban banks, by groups of two or three gunmen who escaped in cars.
As news of the police killings spread the crowd became angry and began chants demanding foreign countries keep their noses out of Spanish affairs.
General France had also called the rally to mark the anniversary of his election as Head of State by a military junta in the early days of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.
The 82-year-old leader told his supporters that this week's reaction to last weekend's executions by some other countries was a left-wing masonic plot. He said the attacks on Spanish embassies abroad showed what Spain could expect from certain corrupted countries which constantly pursued an anti-Spanish policy.
After the rally demonstrators marched in two waves on the Portuguese Embassy while riot police armed with submachine guns and grenade launchers stood by the cordon off the empty building. Other foreign embassies in the city were also guarded by police during the day.