General Francisco Franco addressed a huge rally from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid today (Friday) to mark the 35th anniversary of his rise to power in the Spanish civil war.
GV ZOOM IN Franco coming out onto balcony with Prince Juan Carlos and wives
GV PAN crowd waving white handkerchiefs
LV France speaks ZOOM OUT TO crowd listening
LV People sitting on lamps TILT DOWN TO crowd
LV ZOOM IN Franco and Juan Carlos on balcony
LV PAN FROM people on lamp to balcony
GV Crowd waving handkerchiefs (2 shots)
GV PAN Banners to Franco speaking on balcony
LV Banner with Franco's portrait
CU ZOOM OUT veteran in crowd paying respects
GV Crowd with hands raised in salute PAN TO Franco saluting
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Background: General Francisco Franco addressed a huge rally from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid today (Friday) to mark the 35th anniversary of his rise to power in the Spanish civil war.
With him on the balcony was his designated successor, Prince Juan Carlos; but in his speech the 78-year-old leader assured his hearers that he intended to stay at the helm "while God gives me life and clear judgement".
SYNOPSIS: It's 35 years since General Francisco Franco took power in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. To mark the occasion, the 78-year-old leader appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, to address a huge patriotic rally.
Beside Franco, his designated successor, Prince Juan Carlos. But the Caudillo, standing erect under the hot sun, gave his hearers no new clues about his eventual handover to the future King of Spain.
"I wish once again", he told the cheering crowd, "to assure you that while God gives me life and clear judgement I will continue at the helm of the State."
Barely an hour before Franco was due to address the rally, a general amnesty was announced, reducing the prison sentences both of ordinary criminals and those serving terms for political offences. More than three-thousand prisoners will be freed as a result.
The banners in the crowd carried messages thanking Franco for the years of peace, and there were other, more individual demonstrations of affection for the Caudillo.
More than three hundred thousand Spaniards demonstrated their support for Franco, raising their hands in the Falangist salute. And on the balcony, their leader returned a military salute.