41st Anniversary of Franco's Death

November 20th 2016

Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco died on November 20th 1975, which makes this Friday the 41st anniversary of his death. In my opinion there's absolutely no reason to commemorate even a second of his life but let's celebrate 41 years of democracy in Spain.

Franco came to power in Spain in 1939 after the end of the Civil War. He sought and gained the support of Hitler and Mussolini.

Hundreds of thousands of Republicans were executed including President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, LluĂ­s Companys.

Spain was under Franco's dictaorship for 36 years. Everyone was affected. Police brutality continued throughout the regime.

In the later years garrote vil was the method of execution. Salvador Puig Antich was executed on March 2nd 1974. The last executions took place on Sep 27th 1975

Franco died on November 20th 197, less than 2 months later.

For more detailed information about the Franco dictatorship, you may be interested in two chapters of my book, Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

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