In Spain, tens of thousands of supporters of the late General Francisco Franco on Sunday (19 November) attended a rally in central Madrid marking the third anniversary of his death.
In Spain, tens of thousands of supporters of the late General Francisco Franco on Sunday (19 November) attended a rally in central Madrid marking the third anniversary of his death. Reuter's news agency said this right-wing rally took peace only a few days after the government foiled a military officer' plot to topple Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez and force change of government.
SYNOPSIS: The Franco supporters gathered in the Plaza de Oriente, giving the fascist salute. At first, Madrid municipal police said the throng had numbered up to three hundred thousand people, but later unofficial estimates put it at around one hundred thousand.
On the alleged coup, Reuters quoted informed sources, who said the government had discovered the plot on Thursday (16 November), and swiftly quashed it, arresting at least two officers.
The main speech came from the leader of the Fuerza Nueva party, Senor Blas Pinar. Speakers at the rally accused the government of betraying the Spanish people, of failing to deal with guerrilla violence, and of allowing Spain to be swamped by unemployment and pornography. spain's ultra-right have been making increasingly strident calls for the armed forces to take power, and stamp out the heavier campaign of violence from urban guerrillas in recent weeks. Several young people at the rally were said to have worn Nazi armbands, and riot police were at hand with water cannons.
Although the right-wingers are discontent, the rally was said to have broken up noisily but peacefully.